Getting enough sleep may be key to losing the extra weight women retain after childbirth.

A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed that women who slept less than five hours a night during the first six months after giving birth were more likely to gain at least 11 pounds. Women who slept for five hours or less were 2.3 times more likely to retain at least 11 pounds of their pregnancy weight, the study also revealed.
Read the abstract of “Association of Fewer Hours of Sleep at 6 Months Postpartum with Substantial Weight Retention at 1 Year Postpartum” by clicking here.