With the holidays quickly approaching losing that last 10 pounds before the end of the year seems like a battle you can never win. You’ve tried low-carb, juicing, and ketone diets. However, you can not seem to shed that last 10 pounds off your bod.
Have you ever considered that the problem is not your diet? If you are eating healthy and exercising, but you can not seem to lose the extra weight. You wonder if you are doomed to a life of deprivation and calorie counting to keep your weight under control.
What if the problem is your sleep? 80% of Americans are sleep deprived.
Until recently scientist have not seriously looked at the impacts of sleep on your health due to lack of time, money, and technology. In the past couple decades scientists have begun to do extensive research on the benefits sleep has on your health. A recent study at Havard Medical School revealed that “people who slept five hours a night are 32% more likely to gain 30 pounds or more as they get older than people who sleep seven hours or more.” Studies also revealed that an extra 2 hours of sleep a day helps burn 300 calories while you are sleeping. People have always believed that sleep is a passive state. However researchers have demonstrated that “the dreaming brain is far from “quiet,.”and can have more activity than the wakeful brain.
We live in a 24/7 culture that does not allow us to slow down. Here are some great tips to get you the best sleep of your life! How to lose 10 pounds while sleeping...
- Make sleep a priority.Get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep at night. During sleep you are processing and organizing memories, experiences, and new things that you have learned. Your immune system is fighting off infection and cancer causing cells by building a new contingent of natural killer cells.
- Create a comfortable sleep environment. Emerging from cozy sheets and pillows after a blissful night of sleep is heaven. Invest in bedding that will wrap you up in a sleep cocoon to help you get a deep restful slumber.
- Wake up at the same time every day. This stimulates the production of hormones that regulate eating, sleeping, thinking, and remembering.
- Give yourself 30 minutes before bed. Give yourself 30 minutes before bed to wind down. You can use this time to read a book, write, take a bath, or have some sleepy tea. Turn off your cell phone, tablets, and TV. Technology stimulates the brain and makes it difficult to fall asleep.
- Give yourself a bed time. We are in a 24/7 culture. We are surrounded by constant stimulation. With the internet you are in a world that never sleeps. Do not allow yourself to stay up late binge watching Netflix or trolling social media. Get to bed and give yourself the gift of restorative rest.
When implementing these new sleep strategies remember that it takes 30 days to create a habit. Be patient with yourself and implement 1 new habit a week. When our minds are exhausted we put ourselves at risk for obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other health risks.While you are sleeping you are repairing damaged tissue and building new tissue. This process blocks the corrosive effects of stress. Which can cause you to retain weight. Sixty-Seven percent of us ignore our brain’s plea for more sleep. Be good to your body and rest.Your body will thank you.
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