Lullaby and Goodnight.
Sleep more and get slim.
Health professionals and research agree, to reap the benefits of sleep for weight loss, you should get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.
- Getting 4 to 6 hours of sleep a night produces negative changes in metabolism, mainly glucose and insulin, which can lead to weight gain
- Lack of sleep affects the hormones that influence body weight
- Hormonal changes inflicted by lack of sleep may also cause you to crave unhealthy foods linked to weight gain.
- Lack of sleep increases daytime stress levels leading to unhealthy food cravings.
- Sleep loss interferes with the body’s ability to manufacture muscle mass. With less muscle, extra food calories are converted into fat.
Tips to get a good nights rest include:
- Avoid daytime naps
- Shut off light stimulants like the TV and computer half an hour before bedtime
- Schedule your bedtime at the same time every night, including weekends if possible
- Do not exercise three hours prior to bedtime. Exercise in the morning but no later than late afternoon
On average, how many hours of sleep do you get a night?
Did you know lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain and/or difficulty losing weight?
If you are not getting between 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night, I challenge you to try to do so for the remainder of this challenge. Track your sleep and how you are effected vs when you do not get 7 to 8 hours a night.
** Don't forget to update your food journal.
** Remember to fit in an extra 10 - 30 minutes of walking in addition to your daily cardio/workout.
** Drink at least 64 oz of water today!