The amount of weight you lose during sleep depends on your body’s metabolism rate and the amount of physical activity you’ve performed during the daytime. Rapid eye movement (REM) increases your metabolic rate, says a study conducted by Walter Moraes, M.D., of Universidad Federal Sao Paolo, Brazil in 2009. So the longer you sleep, the more will be the number of calories that you lose. If you want to lose weight while sleeping, start indulging in higher intensity workouts to boost your metabolism.
Here are some tips to increase your metabolism affecting weight loss during sleep.
- If you are leading a sedentary lifestyle, start with moderate exercises, such as jogging, dancing, cycling and rope jumping. Beginners can work out for ten minutes twice or thrice in a day, suggest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For appropriate metabolism rate, a person must workout at least 150 minutes in a week.
- After a few days, try to increase the intensity of your exercise. Rather than having small sessions of 10 minutes each, go for a full 30 minutes workout session. But, do remember to perform moderate exercises only.
- Now, it time for some high intensity training. Perform exercises such as muscle training or running on treadmill for twice a week. Do not try to push yourself to the brink and keep in mind that 15 minutes of high-intensity training is worth half an hour of moderate exercising.
- Eat high-protein diet and refrain from consuming fat-rich food. Break your meal into four to five small meals in a day to boost your metabolism.
- Bid farewell to stress and perform yoga and meditation for a peaceful state of mind.
[Read: Time to Bid Farewell to Stress]
Besides boosting your metabolism, it is important to ensure a sound and peaceful sleep to shed extra pounds. Lying awake in the bed won’t really help your cause. Your body tends to lose 1.9 grams of calories every one minute you sleep whereas, being awake, you will lose only 0.6 grams of calories.
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Getting at least eight hours of sleep is another important consideration to burn calories while sleeping. Studies have shown that people who stay awake at night or sleep for a fewer number of hours tend to weigh more. Also, it is important to pay heed to your sleeping schedule. Go off to bed early at a same time everyday to ensure that you complete at least seven hours of sleep in a day.
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