9 Ways You Can Literally Lose Weight In Your Sleep
Being overweight can stonewall your take-no-prisoners lifestyle and lead to heavyweight health risks including diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Yet weight loss is a monumental struggle of finding the time and motivation to follow a dietary regimen, cook healthy meals, and get your recommended daily dose of calorie-burning exercise.
There’s another challenge to dropping those pounds you may not know about. Lack of quality sleep may actually be to blame for your weight problem.
It may sound hard to believe, but there’s hard science behind it. Researchers found that when sleep is interrupted and of short duration, the risk of obesity in adults increases by 70%.
Try these suggestions to lose weight while you sleep:
1. Keep Yourself in the Dark
Melatonin is a hormone that promotes quality sleep. Melatonin production is interrupted by light, even through closed eyelids.
Rid your bedroom of light using blackout curtains and shades. Turn alarm clocks with digital display to the wall.
Better yet, use a sleep mask and sleep in complete darkness. Add a pair of earplugs for complete light and sound deprivation.
2. Undressed Is Best
Ditch the PJ's.
Sleeping naked lowers your core temperature and results in better sleep. Lower body temperatures improve metabolism by activating brown fat, which generates warming heat. Increased levels of activated brown fat rev up your metabolism.
3. Skip the Nightcap
Steer clear of alcohol at bedtime.
According to Pradeep Sahota, MD, a sleep researcher and Chair of Neurology at Missouri University School of Medicine, “Alcohol disrupts sleep and the quality of sleep is diminished” and “should not be used as a sleep aid.”
4. Intervene with Routine
A nighttime routine balances your circadian rhythm. When in balance, you fall asleep easily and sleep until morning.
5. Eat a Small, Light Evening Meal
A large, heavy meal keeps your body active and working to digest your food, preventing needed overnight restoration and recalibration.
It’s best to have your largest meal before mid-afternoon.
6. Refrain from Stimulating Substances
Quick energy boosts from caffeine and nicotine come at the cost of your sleep quality.
If you’re caffeine-sensitive, you may benefit by eliminating caffeine altogether.
7. Cut out Pre-Bedtime Exercise
Exercise within 4 hours of turning in heats up the body and interrupts your circadian rhythm.
It’s best not to exercise late in the day. Take it one step further and exercise at the same time every day.
8. Snack on Protein
Have a light, protein-rich snack before bed.
This is key if you want to keep and even gain muscle mass while trying to lose weight while you sleep.
9. Say Goodnight to Blue Light
Avoid late night stimulation from blue light-producing TV, phone, and computer screens.
Light in the blue color spectrum keeps you alert and focused during the day and does the same at night, interfering with sound sleep.
Sleep Well, Feel Great
Add these recommendations to your evening routine and lose weight while you sleep.
You’ll look fantastic and regain your ready-to-conquer-the-world energy level. Kick it off with an empowering sleep and weight loss quick fix: Buy a comfy and easy-to-use sleep mask.
Lights out. Game on.
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