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Dr. Oz: Insomnia linked to depression and diabetes; protein for weight loss

To sleep, perchance to dream? Get tips for insomnia.
To sleep, perchance to dream? Get tips for insomnia.Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

You've tried counting sheep, sipping warm milk and even listening to lullabies. If you can't overcome insomnia, it might be caused by a condition such as diabetes or depression, warned Dr. Mehmet Oz on his August 12 talk show. Plus: Learn how getting more protein can boost your weight loss.

Diabetes-related insomnia may include symptoms such as getting up frequently to go to the bathroom. You might also suffer from sweating at night or feel constantly thirsty. Check with your physician if you have these potential signs of diabetes.

However, depression or anxiety also can cause insomnia. If you feel highly sensitive to noise or stay awake because you're feeling stressed, emotional issues could be the reason. Seek help.

Protein can boost your weight loss, increase your energy and suppress your appetite, says Dr. Oz. He recommends eating 50 grams of protein daily. Consume protein throughout the day rather than eat a protein-heavy meal at night.

Although most people associate protein with animal sources, you can also get protein from seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables. Good sources include pumpkin seeds, avocado and sun-dried tomatoes.

If you're on a low carb diet, be aware that some protein sources do contain carbohydrates. For that reason, you may want to consider choosing pure protein options such as poultry and grass-fed beef for the majority of your protein intake.

But what if you're already eating enough protein, getting a good night's sleep and still struggling with your weight? A new study shows that by taking more bites, you can accelerate your weight loss, reported the Wall Street Journal on August 11.

Researchers have determined that 100 bites each day is the perfect number for weight loss. Scientists at South Carolina's Clemson University have even developed a device to count those bites, with a commercial version ready to roll out next year.

In addition, obesity experts say that eating slowly can help with weight loss. A product called the HAPIfork vibrates and flashes red if you eat too quickly.

"If you're eating too fast, you're probably not chewing and enjoying your food very well and you're probably going to be more likely" to eat too much, explained Michael Jensen, an endocrinologist and obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.