According to a recent survey, code named project Viva, sleeping more could help new mothers lose weight faster. This study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, was led by Erica Gunderson, an investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California.

Highlights of the survey
a. This survey was conducted on 940 mothers.
b. Researchers studied their sleep habits at 6 months to 1 year after delivery.
c. It was seen that new mothers who did not get enough sleep were likely to retain about 5 kg or 11 pounds of the weight that they gained during pregnancy.
d. Such mothers also lost weight more slowly.
e. Mothers who sleep for less than 5 hours at night also find it more difficult to lose weight after childbirth.
f. Mothers who sleep for more than 7 hours lose weight faster.