Are you the kind to spend endless, sleepless hours on your laptop every night, and end up snoozing the alarm in the morning and regretting your decision to stay up? Keep reading to find out how that can be related to your weight.

Recent research has linked a consistent sleeping routine with lower body fat. Going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday leads to a more balanced inner clock (also known as your circadian rhythm), which means better synchronization of your hormones and a regulated metabolism cycle too. To put things simply, your body knows what to expect of you, there is a routine it is used to following instead of being bombarded with different sleep cycles every couple of days. Body fat was shown to best regulated in people who got between 6.5 and 8.5 hours of sleep each night, no more and no less.

Back to those late night binge TV series watching, they rarely come sans midnight snacks. The longer you are awake at strange hours of the night, the more likely you are to raid your fridge and eat without actually being hungry. No matter how much it seems like a good idea at the time, chocolate cake at 2am is impulse behavior that will mess up your metabolism and hinder weight loss.

Additionally, our brain functions differently without sleep. If you are exhausted, you are much more likely to resort to food to comfort yourself. When you are feeling proven, you are much more likely to head to your local coffee shop for a creamy coffee and sugar doughnut (yes, this is scientifically proven)! So, not only will your metabolism be affected, but your food choices will become poorer too with little (or too much) sleep.

Of course, sleep is not the only factor affecting your weight, but it is a major factor that many of us tend to brush away. Getting yourself into a good sleeping routine might be difficult at first, but it is something your body will thank you for, creating a huge difference in the quality of your life. It’s true that hitting the sack is just as important as eating your greens.