Believe it or not, the group that slept less consumed over 500 calories more each day than the group who slept more. (Also, each group had about the same activity level, so they were not burning calories a different way).
Although this study was very small and was conducted only at one clinic, it brings up a great topic. We are all so busy with school, work, families and who-knows-what-else, that we sometimes deprive ourselves of the one thing that we need the most- SLEEP! Adults should be sleeping on average 7-9 hours a night.
As well as helping to maintain a healthy weight, sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory, maintain a good mood, decrease incidence of high blood pressure and irregular heart beats, and keep immune status intact (less colds and flu!).
Try and form a routine, going to sleep and waking up at the same time everyday. A good sleep routine will help to keep you healthy (oh! and keep your skin beautiful too!).
Goodnight... go count those sheep!