Did you know that sleep can help you lose weight?
Sleep is one of the easiest forms of fuel you can feed your body, it takes the least amount of effort on your part, yet provides the body with so much! The proper amount of sleep can help improve your overall health and jump-start your weight loss. Here are just a few things that the proper amount of sleep can provide.
- Reduced inflammation
- Assists in weight loss
- Improves recovery after workouts
- Reduces cravings
- Improves your metabolism
- Enhances physical activity
- Helps to reduce stress
- Improves your memory
What about Poor Sleep?
Poor sleep or lack of sleep can actually be life-threatening. Lack of sleep alters how your brain works and reduces your ability to make healthier life choices. Sleep deprivation dulls the activity in our frontal lobe of the brain. The frontal lobe is responsible for our decisions making and self-control.
Lack of sleep or poor sleep can lead to:
- Weight gain and Obesity
- A decrease in your resting metabolism
- Reduced energy levels
- Cells could become insulin resistant
How much sleep do we need?
While everyone is different, my recommendation is no less than 7 hours of sleep every night. But listen to your body, how do you feel after 7 hours of sleep? Do you feel well-rested or do you find yourself wanting a nap throughout the day? How are your cravings? Do you find yourself wanting foods higher in fat and empty calories? Or, do you find yourself sticking to your meal plan?
How else can you improve your sleep?
- Get to bed earlier
- Put the phone down at least 1 hour before getting into bed
- Shut off all devices
- Set a routine and go to bed at the same time every night
- Wear an eye mask
- Listen to soothing sounds, music, or sleep mediation
- Try cutting out caffeine and/or alcohol
- Avoid fatty or sugary foods before bed
- Get regular exercise.
Sleep is an essential fuel that you must feed your body. It is important for weight loss, building lean muscle, and living an overall healthy lifestyle. Poor sleep dramatically alters the way our bodies respond to food, creates energy, and how we feel overall. So getting the right amount of sleep is a must!
But, if you’re like me and have a hard time getting your mind to shut off at night, thinking about everything you need or want to do the next day then you might need an additional sleep aid. I recommend either taking Night-Tor Core 21. Night T for anyone simply looking to improve their sleep. Core 21 for those looking to improve their sleep as well as aid in workout recovery.