A sound, well-rested sleep is fundamental to losing body fat just like exercise 😉
Who does not swear by the wonderful effects of a well-rested peaceful sleep! And if you want to “knock off those pounds”, then you need to “knock out” at the right time REGULARLY too. We all know that diet and exercise help us to reach the weight targets we set for ourselves. We get so engrossed in these 2 components that we end up over doing both and often compromise on a good night’s sleep.
Insufficient sleep promotes hunger and appetite, which can cause excessive food intake resulting in weight gain. When people don’t get enough sleep they have increased levels of a hunger hormone called ghrelin and also decreased levels of the satiety or feeling of fullness hormone called leptin, which could lead to overeating and thus weight gain.
Also people who exercise well and do not catch up on adequate sleep; the lack of sleep hinders muscle recovery post exercise. The whole concept of “Exercise” is that you recover from the damage caused while working out. And if there is no recovery then fat burning stops. We only end up injuring ourselves – don’t you feel dead or broken when you over exercise? Not only this but this could lead to hormonal imbalances, digestive issues and massive mood swings.
Solution Time –
Keep a check on how much you sleep as compared to how well you sleep, because even you though you may sleep for 8 hours, but if the quality of your sleep is poor it still has the same effect as inadequate sleep.
As the evening works its way towards bed time, start lowering the overall light level in your home. Your body can’t tell the difference between “bright light” and “daylight” for purposes of regulating your sleep. A darkened room tells your body that sleep time is near, and it will start producing the hormones that aid in falling asleep and staying asleep.
Tune out distractions – switch off the TV, the phone, the ipad, the laptop at least a while before sleeping. Have a warm shower or if not possible then at least soak your feet in warm water – and just RELAX.
When it’s finally time to hit the sack, keep the room as dark as possible. Exposure to light during the time you’re supposed to be sleeping can disrupt your body’s internal clock. It’s one of the primary clues to the body that it’s either sleep time, or waking time.