It sounds like something straight out of cheesy late-night informercial. "Drop 20 pounds in your sleep just by taking this new diet pill!" But it has actually been scientifically proven that sleep habits affect our weight. So how exactly do we begin shedding pounds and melting inches off our waistlines just by snoozing? Does it involve extra naps? I like naps. Michael Breus, Ph.D., and Steven Lamm, M.D., revealed one simple solution to significantly improving your overall health and aiding weight loss. And it's startlingly easy. Just aim to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. It has been concluded that appetite and the body's ability to process fat is seriously thrown out of whack when we're sleep deprived. The lack of zzz's can also result in crazier hunger cravings, which cause us to binge out on fatty foods. Plus less sleep means more coffee, which can mess with our blood sugar levels and leave us craving junk after we hit that caffeine crash. Deep sleep is a state when the body sends out hormones which help to metabolize fats. It is also a time when appetite regulation hormones are pumped out into your system. People who have challenged themselves to sleep more have been pleasantly surprised when their typical cravings of processed foods and simple carbs went down drastically. They also saw pleasing results on the scale! What are your thoughts? How much sleep do you get a night?