Catching some Zzzzz’s is amazingly important for our health, but do you have enough Sleep for weight loss to occur?
“I’ll sleep when I’m dead” has got to be one of the stupidest sentences ever quoted!
Do you get enough sleep? Bare-bones minimum do you get at least six hours but hopefully closer to eight hours? My guess is going to be No and I’m also going to guess that you also struggle to get and keep weight off.
People STRONGLY underestimate sleep and it’s affect on our weight. It has been proven that sleep deprivation goes hand in hand with sugar cravings. It also causes us to “let our guards down” and be tempted easier. This is why it’s such an effective interrogation technique…take away a man’s sleep and he’ll talk! Take note Ladies
In fact, according to the Journal Of Sleep Research, children who were not allowed to sleep a full night (they got to stay up 2-3 hours later) consumed significantly more carbs, sugar and calories during the day. Over time, of course, this leads to weight gain and disease!
Plus, have you ever been excited to do your workout when only functioning on a few hours sleep? Of course you haven’t, you’re thinking of nothing but when you can lay down and “rest.”
Now don’t get me wrong, I too used to think that sleep actually made you less productive. Successful people would always brag about how much they could get done on just a few hours of sleep. But I bet if you look at these same people now, they either look 25 years older than they actually are or they have learned the error of their ways and now get a good nights sleep every night.
You will be a much higher functioning and healthier person with a full nights rest. There are hundreds of studies to back up that claim. I personally get eight hours of sleep every single night, between 11 PM and 7 AM, and I attribute that, plus intermittent fasting and a higher fat lifestyle, to staying incredibly lean even into my 40s.
OK, so I’ve convinced you to try to each night get a few more hours of sleep for weight loss. Here are some ways to make that easier for you to do.
1.) According to sleep.org, keeping your bedroom temperature between 60 and 67°F is optimal for sleep
2.) Select one bedtime and stick to it
3.) If you drink caffeine, stop around 2 PM
4.) Drinking alcohol three hours before bed will make it harder for you to fall asleep
5.) Try not to exercise four hours before bedtime
6.) Go outside and get 15 minutes of sunlight every day
And last but not least…you knew this was coming…try not to be on your phone, a computer or have the TV on right before you go to bed. Instead, have a nice conversation with your loved one or read a real book that piques your interest. Might I suggest a certain ebook cleverly named The M.A.D.E. Diet. Hopefully it doesn’t put you to sleep TOO fast!
Make sure you get your 6-8 hours of sleep for weight loss tonight!
My name is Melissa McAllister. I just turned 43! I have a son and daughter and my husband and I are new empty nesters! My husband is the reason I eat, drink, and sleep health and fitness. He has 2 speeds, GO and GO Faster. We have been together for over 27 years and married for 22 (yes, he had me at “hello!”). Don’t get me wrong though…I was a Doritos and Coca Cola eating Hoover when I was in school! Fitness has been an essential part of my life for over 18 years. I have the 3 best jobs in the world—being a stay-at-home Mom, business owner, and group exercise instructor for several large fitness chains. I have been teaching everything from yoga to kickboxing for over 16 years. I have also had the great opportunity to train, inspire, and motivate other instructors for the past 10 years. You might even see me in a few fitness videos out there! 😉 Reaching out to others who are struggling to be healthy and happy is my passion. I couldn’t tell you next Fall’s latest fashion must have or what flowers to plant this season, but I can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. With your determination and my motivation, we can find and keep the best YOU! I will inspire by holding myself and those around me accountable!