Did you know that there are ways to lose weight while you sleep?
Most people focus on hitting the gym, or controlling their eating habits in the dining room. While these areas are very important, the bedroom is also key to weight loss and is often overlooked.
Getting a poor night’s sleep doesn’t just make you cranky – it can also make you fat. Research shows logging less than 8 hours a night increases your levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which negatively affects the microbes in your gut, slowing your metabolism.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could lose weight while catching a bit of shuteye? Good news – you can! Here are 10 handy ways you can burn fat while you’re asleep.
1. No more night-lights:
Exposure to light while you sleep is not good for getting your ZZZs. A new study from the American Journal of Epidemiology shows that light exposure is also linked to weight gain.
2. Freeze your butt (and gut) off:
An icy shower does more than flush out lactic acid after the gym. Research in PLoS ONE finds that a 30-second freeze is all it takes to activate your body’s brown fat – which, when fired up, melts as much as an extra 1600kJ in bed. Make sure you stick your head under the faucet: more brown fat is stored in the back of your neck and shoulders.
3. Sleep in a cool room:
Cranking the radiator at night burns through little more than your gas bill. Research from the National Institutes of Health says that turning down your thermostat to a cool 18 degrees Celsius cuts 7 per cent more kilojoules, as your body burns fat to maintain its core temperature.
4. Have a scheduled bedtime:
Sleep is so important for weight loss. With our busy schedules nowadays, it is tough to have a consistent bedtime or to get enough rest. If you schedule your bedtime, you have a better chance of getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
5. Avoid electronic screens:
We have already seen how light exposure is detrimental to sleep and healthy weight. The same applies to electronic screens on computers, phones, and tablets. A study from the journal Pediatric Obesity found that kids who use these devices before sleep usually have poor lifestyle habits.
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