Boost Your Weight Loss Efforts
Your body’s internal clock, or circadian rhythm, has a profound effect on every body system, including the intricate network of hormones that determines whether your body is inclined to sleep or be awake, and the equally intricate network that determines whether you store fat or burn it. Did you know that research has shown that, for those trying to lose weight, getting adequate amounts of sleep can increase the amount of weight loss success by 33%?
How Much Sleep Is Enough?
Adequate sleep reduces your munchies-inducing stress hormones, boosts insulin sensitivity, and increases your ability to feel full. Great! You’re sold. How much sleep do you have to get in order to get these benefits, anyway? Experts agree that in order to see an effect on their weight, most people need not less than 7.5 hours per night, with some people who have been chronically underslept needing considerably more until their “sleep debt” is repaid. For most people, assuming they are not chronically underslept, an ideal amount is between 7.5-8.5 hours per night.
How To Get That Shuteye
What if you go to bed on time, then toss and turn? Here’s some tips that will have you snoring it no time:
Avoid bright lights and screens 1-2 hours before retiring.
Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on the weekend. Your body’s internal clock works best when your routine is as consistent as possible.
Make sure your mattress isn’t holding you back: if you regularly wake up stiff, sore, or uncomfortable, it’s time to replace it.
Avoid exercise, eating, and drinking alcohol for 3-4 hours before you go to bed.
Make sure your bedroom is dark, cool, and quiet.
Good sleep is important for all sorts of reasons, and ignoring your body’s need for rest can impact much more than your mood or ability to pay attention the next day. Losing weight is hard enough, why make it more difficult by not sleeping? Get your bedroom and schedule in order now, and when January comes you’ll be well on your way to a new, slimmer you.
How Sleep Makes You Smarter – www.dailygood.com
Change Your Sleep Schedule, Lose Weight – www.forbes.com