Sleep: The Key to Weight Loss
Many people search for the magic bullet that leads to weight loss, but one possible way to drop a few pounds is by getting quality sleep every night. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get 7 to 9 hours of sleep, but sometimes our lives and work schedules interfere with this advice. Restrictions, limitations, and changes in our daily schedules can disrupt our circadian rhythms which in turn affects the body’s hormone production that regulates metabolism.
Hunger is regulated by hormones that we produce as we sleep. Therefore, if we don’t get quality sleep, your body won’t produce enough hormones to maintain a healthy metabolism. A hormonal imbalance can cause weight gain because the body’s metabolism isn’t functioning as it should and this may cause you to skip meals or overeat.
Here are four ways to pump up your metabolism while you sleep, and hopefully lose a couple of pounds as well:
Create a sleep routine. Establish a regular sleep pattern for your body by going to bed at the same time at night and waking up at the same time in the morning. This habit conditions your body to know what is coming and to better prepare itself for hormone production.
Turn off electronic devices. The blue light that emanates from electronic devices can deceive the body into thinking that it’s still daytime. The light stimulation can make it difficult to fall asleep, so it’s best to turn off all technology at least an hour before bedtime.
Leave a book on your nightstand. Many people find that reading a book before going to sleep helps them fall asleep faster. Choosing to read a book instead of watching television or surfing the Internet causes your stress levels to drop swiftly and efficiently, meaning you’ll fall into a healthy, restful sleep quickly.
Have some tea. Drinking a cup of non-caffeinated chamomile tea not only calms you down and helps your body stress less, but it also helps you sleep better. Chamomile is a naturally mild tranquilizer and sedative. Drinking a cup of this tea about thirty minutes before bed encourages your body to fall asleep faster, so you wake up rejuvenated and reenergized.
Try to integrate the above suggestions into your sleep life to boost your metabolism while you are resting. Not only could the result be weight loss, but implementing these healthy sleep habits can also reduce your chances of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.