If you’ve been skipping out on sleep time to put more hours into playing game consoles or to watch your favourite recorded T.V show, you could be missing out on the easiest weight loss strategy ever… Sleep!
Here’s how changing your sleep habits can help you lose weight.
There are many studies that suggest that people who sleep less tend to weigh more, approximately 1,000 people found a link between weight and time spent in bed. On average, people who were overweight slept 16 minutes less per day than normal weight people… a small, but significant difference. In another study I found out that those who slept for 5 hours or less at night were nearly a third more likely to gain 30 pounds or more. than women who slept 7 hours per night.
There are several different ways losing sleep can play with your weight loss efforts. Sleep deprivation can lead to change in how our bodies regulate appetite leading us to want even more food than usually. So you may end up eating more, and going for unhealthy foods because of it, those high in fat and carbohydrates. Another possibility that could happen is that because people who are sleep- deprived feel more tired, they exercise less. Sleep deprivation can also change your basal metabolic rate, slowing down how many calories you burn just doing basic life- sustaining activates, like breathing and maintaining body temperature.
Tip That Can Help You Lose Weight Whilst Sleeping
Don’t skip hours- Get 8 hours sleep per night! I do it myself and I cant tell you how much impact it has made in my life. You can even go for one hour more to 9 hours but not over that as it will have the opposite effect and make you even more tired!
If you are unsure if you are getting enough sleep in the day, ask yourself this; are you tired in the afternoon or evening? And in the morning, are you ready to go, or does your body crave another hour in bed? Constant napping is a clear sign of sleep deprivation. Once you have decided the hours your need, make sleep a priority by counting back the time you get up in the morning to find out when to hit the hay.