About Time: You Realised the Importance of SleepBy Angelica Malin
There isn’t anybody that wouldn’t love to have a better body. The problem is with getting that better body in the first place. If you don’t seem to be getting the results you want, it could be because of your sleep schedule. With life zooming past at a breakneck pace, the last thing you’ll be thinking about is how just four or five hours of sleep each night could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
For a start, you can be on the same diet as someone else but if that person is getting more sleep than you are then the chances are that they will lose weight faster than you are. A lot of this is because of the amount of exercise you are doing. You are naturally going to exercise less when you are tired and not energised.
We could write reams on how a lack of sleep affects everything from insulin usage to fat cells, but all you need to know is that your body will store fat in all the wrong places when you’re deprived of sleep. The easiest way to describe this is that your metabolism is tired, just like you. It’s not doing its job correctly. The more sleep you get, the more efficiently your metabolism will work.
But how does any of this control what you actually eat? You already know that diet makes up 80% of the weight loss journey.
It’s all due to your hormones and how much cortisol you are producing. Cortisol is better known as the stress hormone. The more cortisol released into the body, the more it has an effect on craving ‘bad food’ to make you feel better again. This plays havoc with an individual’s will power.
And the chances are things are getting worse due to a lack of decent sleep. When you’re deprived of sleep, not only do your stress hormones come out to play, but other hormones typically responsible for healthy bodily and mental functioning are in short supply.
So you have a lack of good hormones, less willpower, and you are consuming more bad food. It’s a recipe, pardon the pun, for gaining weight all over again. This is nature calling, and there’s no way you can fight against nature.
In short, you need to get more sleep, but that’s not just more. You need to get better quality sleep. There are some key ingredients to increasing the quality of your sleep.
The Right Bed – Your bed should neither be too hard nor too soft. There’s a reason why most beds are sold with a comfort rating. Before you buy a bed, go out to the store and test it yourself. A good quality mattress (we recommend memory foam) can make all the difference. Beds don’t have to be expensive try www.bedsos.co.uk or www.amazon.co.uk for a good deal. Its more important to regularly change your bed and mattress than to spend excessively on high quality that lasts a long time.
Environment – Your bedroom should be dark, and you should get rid of any tech items from the room when it’s time for bed. Blue light and technology before bed make it harder to get into a deep, good-quality sleep.
Train Your Brain – To get to sleep faster, you need to train your brain that when you hit the bedroom, it’s time to sleep. Do this by only using the bedroom for sleep and nothing else.
Creating the right sleep routine is vital to healthy living and losing weight. The better the body, the more confident you will be; the better the sleep, the more likeable you’ll be because of fewer stress hormones making you grumpy. Don’t sabotage your day before you even get out of bed. Get a great sleep today!