I’ve always known that getting a good night’s sleep was important for a healthy metabolism. Poor sleep has been linked to weight gain and fatigue, nothing new there, but this new study confirms it.
The study found that those getting the most sleep (an extra 1.5 hours) consumed less calories day in and day out. Now the difference was only 150 calories a day but this adds up over time. There are 3500 calories per pound so it takes about 23 days to lose one pound.
However, interestingly the study shows that those getting an additional 1.5 hours sleep actually lost half a pound a week.
Further digging into the study would I assume reveal that more sleep, less STRESS, resulted in not only eating less calories but increasing one’s metabolism (ability to burn calories)
Losing weight while you sleep? How great is that?
If you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep … Use these good sleep hygiene tips:
+ Wait until you are sleepy before going to bed. If you’re not sleepy at your regular bedtime, try to relax your body and distract your mind by reading, listening to music, or some other activity.
+ Try to wind down one hour before bed-avoid watching Pre-sleep rituals help to initiate relaxation each night before bed. A warm bath, light snack, or a few minutes of reading or listening to music can initiate good sleep.
+ Avoid eating heavy meals near bedtime. If you’re not asleep in 20 minutes, get out of bed.
+ If you are not asleep after 20 minutes, leave your bedroom and find something else that will relax you enough to help make you sleepy.
+ Try to keep a regular sleep/wake schedule. Wake up at the same time each day, even on weekends and holidays.
+ Keep a regular daily schedule. Maintaining a regular schedules for meals, medications, chores, and other activities helps keep your body’s clock running smoothly.
+ If possible, avoid naps. If you have to take a nap, try to keep it to less than one hour and avoid taking a nap after 3 p.m.
+ Do not read, eat, watch TV, talk on the phone, surf the Web, do homework, or play board games in bed.
+ The bedroom is for intimacy and sleep nothing else, disconnect computers, move work stations or projects out of your bedroom!
- Avoid caffeine after lunch.
- Avoid alcohol of any type within six hours of your bedtime.
- Do not smoke or ingest nicotine within two hours of your bedtime.
- Exercise regularly, but avoid strenuous exercise within six hours of your bedtime. Regular exercise is good, but do it earlier in the day. Also, remember to talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.
- Avoid sleeping pills, or use them cautiously.
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P.S. –> Here is the original study