Lose Weight While You Sleep
While you may have doubt, it is now well-documented that you can lose weight while you sleep. Studies reflect that the amount of sleep you get each night, as well as the quality of sleep you get, is linked to how your hormones work and is directly tied to your appetite. Due to these studies, it has been noted that you can actually lose weight while you sleep.
According to Dr. Sanjay Patel, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, it is possible to lose weight while sleeping. In a 16-year study conducted by Dr. Patel and his colleagues, it is noted that individuals who slept five hours or less each night were 30% more likely to gain weight than those who got at least seven+ hours of sleep each night. It appears that sleep deprivation has an adverse affect on the body’s hormones that control appetite and metabolize fat.
In addition, it has been noted that when you are sleep-deprived, you are more likely to eat more, especially sugary foods such as chocolate, candy, and pastries. This is because of an increase in certain hormones that make your body crave simple carbohydrates that it can break down quickly for immediate energy.
Tips to Lose Weight While You Sleep
- Be sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night
- Eat at least 3 hours before bedtime and eat healthy nutritious meals.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine, especially in the late afternoon and evening.
- Lower the temperature and sleep with fewer blankets. It has been noted that you use more energy when you are colder.
- Get help for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea and other sleep problems tend to cause problems with energy levels, which can lead to a slower metabolism and weight gain.
- Exercise – while always beneficial when it comes to losing weight, it is important for those who exercise to be sure that their workouts end at least 2 hours before bedtime.
- Supplement your diet with natural supplements for missing proteins, amino acids, and other nutrients that your body needs on a daily basis.