When the body is under stress, a hormone called Cortisol is released and this is a fat storing hormone that prevents the body from burning fat even when you are eating well and exercising.
A lack of sleep is one way of putting the body under stress, therefore it is vital to get your sleep.
Personally I like to be in bed by 10pm and then I tend to get up at 5am in the week, a little later on weekends.
It is great to aim for 6-8 hours of quality sleep, making sure the room is dark and quiet, also avoiding using your phone or PC just before bed.
Avoiding stress is one way of making sure your body is as efficient as possible when it comes to burning fat.
So if you have been eating well and exercising but are struggling to see results, stress and a lack of sleep could be contributing to it.
Are you a good sleeper?
Do you think stress in your life could be contributing to making it difficult to get lean?