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Eating and Losing Weight Like a Man

Macho Maneuver #2: Men Snooze More

If you’re like many women, you’re wide awake in the middle of the night worrying while your husband snoozes blissfully beside you. “Women tend to report more problems with insomnia,” says Carl E. Hunt, M.D., director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Skimping on sleep leads to an increased tendency to store calories as fat and makes you crave sweet, fatty foods.

How to Master This Man Move: Get More ZZZ's

Tips from Dr. Hunt on getting enough sleep:

  • Don’t try to force yourself to sleep. If you’ve been sleepless for more than 15 minutes, get out of bed and do something relaxing like reading a book.
  • Turn the clock to face away from you before turning in. Lying in bed watching the minutes tick by is counterproductive.
  • Try to maintain a regular sleep schedule, even on weekends and vacations.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol within four to six hours of bedtime, because these substances can keep you awake.

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