Weight Loss isn’t not an easy process. It takes effort and dedication. You need to eat healthy and exercise, those are the two main things that will help you achieve your goals, so keep that in mind. But sleep also aids in weight loss. Getting enough sleep will ensure that your body has enough time to rest and rejuvenate itself and be ready to sufficiently burn those calories and get rid of that fat as soon as you wake up. What’s more, there are a couple of things you can do, to help your body burn more calories while you sleep, and therefore lose more weight. Intrigued? Then keep on reading.
1. Don’t Exercise Before Bed
Yes, it’s true, exercise is an important part of weight loss, but you need to find the right time for it. It’s best to exercise in the morning, when you have the most energy and can exercise at your top levels. However, a lot of people struggle to do it in the morning, they feel sleepy an groggy and just not up for gym, they’d much prefer to exercise in the evening, so that they can just flop to bed all tired and fall asleep. Well, the problem with that is, that you might feel tired and sleepy, but your body is fully awake, your blood is circulating quickly, your heart rate is elevated and it takes a while to calm down and get a good night’s sleep. So if you’re one of those people who just can’t exercise in the morning, just make sure you’re done with your exercise at least 4 hours before you go to bed.
2. Eat Less In The Evening
Proper nutrition is key, but you also have to take into consideration how long it takes to digest food. It’s better to have bigger meals in the morning or around lunch time, and have a small dinner. You want your body to have enough time to digest everything before you actually fall asleep. Because if you don’t, all that food you ate will still be digesting while you sleep, tiring out your body, and storing as fat because you’re sleeping and not using up that energy. So make sure to have light dinners and try eating at least 3 to 4 hours before bed.
3. No Alcohol Before Bed
A glass of wine with your meal should be fine, but if you want to lose weight you better forget about evening cocktails. Alcohol is sugar, and if you have it before going to bed you’re basically asking your body to turn it into fat. Plus, it dehydrates you, makes you tired and likely to crave something bad the next day. So avoid it like the plague.
4. Have A Protein Shake
If you really want an evening snack – your best bet will be a protein shake. It’s relatively easy to digest, since it’s liquid, and it’ll keep you feeling full, while helping your body to repair muscles after a long hard day. It’s best if you can find a protein shake with minimal amounts of sugar, or better without sugar in it.
5. Get Your 8 Hours Of Sleep
We all get distracted in bed. With all the technology available at our fingertips we tend to spend hours on our phone or tablet, or just watching TV late into the night. And we think that counts as rest, cause were laying down. It really doesn’t. So make sure you set yourself a decent bedtime, so that you get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Yes, sure, it’s possible to function fine on less sleep, but studies show that people who sleep 8 hours at night burn 20% more calories during the day. Pretty significant difference, right?
6. Lower The Temperature
Most of us love being warm and cosy when we go to sleep, but we’ve got bad news for you. Studies show that keeping your room temperature at around 66 F (19С) will ensure you burn more calories when you sleep, reduce tummy fat, and just generally have a better quality of sleep. So lower those thermostats and sleep better.
7. Sleep In Complete Darkness
Your body really needs complete darkness to sleep well. That means no lights, closed blinds and no gadgets that emit any sort of light. So put your phones away, turn them face down and store them in bedside drawer or something. You might think the small light doesn’t bother you, but it prevents you your body from producing the adequate amounts of a hormone that makes you sleep better and burn more fat. So you know, the choice is up to you.