If Sleeping Beauty was fat, she surely would have had an advantage of shedding those extra pounds, or so do modern researches say. But she overslept a little too much, 100 years to be precise. No, you don’t have to be Count Dracula to do that, just get 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily!
We are so busy amusing ourselves to death that we do not find the time to get a good night’s sleep. There is so much to do, isn’t it? But getting a good night’s sleep can improve your chances of shedding extra fat. While doctors were always aware of the fact that hormones are affected by sleep. Then came the focus on hormones leptin and ghrelin, and both of these can have an influence on our appetite. The production of these two hormones on the other hand is influenced by the time of sleep. Also it is only common sense to understand that if you are still deprived your metabolism will not work properly thus piling weights on you. [Read: Hormones to be Blamed for Weight Gain]
Hence there are two ways you can do this:
Go to sleep and wake up at the same time everyday – make sure that you have planned your sleep and wake up time. There should be seven and a half hours of sleep every day. Do not break this chain or else you will have an erratic timing again. You can slacken this rule on weekends. [Read: How to Reset your Sleep Cycle]
Start a bedtime routine – Create a before sleep routine. Read a book, take a hot bath, do some stretching or just watch television. Soon your body will get habituated with this habit and will to start to attach specific ties with this. Like feeling relaxed and getting cosy to sleep.
Here are some easy ways to fall asleep:
- Try and have a snack before going to bed
- Try and avoid a heavy dose of alcohol because it may disrupt your sleep
- Take a warm bath
- Rise at the right time so that you don’t lay awake at night and feel sleepy
The main idea is to have a good sleep because your body needs rest; it is an integral and important part of your life. Just have a good and long sleep everyday but don’t go in a trance waiting for Prince Charming’s kiss. Do wake up! [Read: Lack of Sleep and Weight Gain]
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