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Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight!

Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight

If you want to find a way to lose weight faster, and you think there is nothing new under the sun, then what I’m about to tell you will really make you nod off.

According to Dr Kenneth Goodrick at Baylor University, a good night’s sleep is a vital ingredient for weight loss.

He believes that lack of sleep robs people of the energy they need to exercise and sets up a vicious low-energy cycle that sabotages your weight loss programme. Often when energy reserves are low, people turn to high-fat and high-sugar laden foods or caffeinated drinks for energy pick-me-ups…all of which interfere with weight loss efforts.

Some may drink 10 to 15 caffeinated beverages a day, which has a adverse effect on sleep quality. It’s a double whammy.

This is not the only fascinating connection between sleep and weight gain. Researchers have found there are two hormones involved.

Leptin, a hormone that suppresses appetite, and grehlin, which increases food intake and is thought to play a role in long-term regulation of body weight.

Sleep deprivation lowers the levels of leptin and raises levels of grehlin. This is thought to be the reason why obese people suffering with sleep apnea often put on weight faster than others.

Goodrick says, “Sleep is a time for the brain, the body, and all the hormones to get regulated and restore themselves to the baseline values for the next day. If you have caffeine, or inadequate sleep, you don’t have a chance for all of those restorative processes to get finished. So you’re ending not quite fit, or metabolically where you should be”.

What is a good night’s sleep? Participants in a US study who got less than 4 hours of sleep each night were 73 percent more likely to be obese than those who sleep between 7 and 9 hours a night, the recommended amount.

Those who slept only 5 hours each night were 50 percent more likely to be overweight, and those who slept 6 hours a night were 23 percent more likely to be overweight.

Sleep is also important to your skin. For good health we all need to get a good night’s sleep. Achieve the look and feel you desire!

If you have any feedback or thoughts to share on sleep and weight loss, please feel free to leave your comments below.

3 Tips To Beat Insomnia

3 Tips To Beat InsomniaWhy Is Sleep So Important To Your Skin?

Sleep is important but having a relax and sound sleep is even more important to your skin. Your body boosts blood flow to the skin while you sleep, which means you wake to a healthy glow. But what will happen to your skin when you don’t get enough sleep?

  • You get bags under your eyes
  • You age faster
  • You gain weight
  • Your skin breaks out
  • You looks lifeless

3 Tips To Beat Insomnia And Sleep Better

If you are one of those people who stay wide awake in the middle of the night, with big eyes staring at the ceiling, then you are suffering from insomnia.

While many turn to prescription medications, they don’t always work and they can have a big impact on your health and your wallet. Not to worry, there are other ways to combat sleeplessness and without knowingly, you are already fast asleep and awake, fresh in the next morning.

There are many causes of insomnia, with hormonal imbalance and stress being two of the biggest culprits. While the tips below will help in a lot of cases, your case may be more severe. If so, then see your doctor as a prescription may be your best alternative. But, before you go that route, try these things first:

1. Let Things Go – We all have things to worry about, but you have to find a way to let those things go before bedtime. In fact, by purposely forgetting them before retiring for the evening, you may actually solve those problems while you sleep.

However, if you go to bed with the intention of solving a hard problem, then your subconscious mind will work differently by trying to keep you awake to solve. It all sounds counter intuitive, but you have the best chance of solving your problems by not worrying about them before bed

2. Learn to Relax – There are many different techniques designed to help people relax and sleep better. You can purchase audio programs that use a form of guided meditation to help you drift off into a deep and restorative sleep.

Sleeping environment matters. Noise, light, temperature or the bed and mattress affects your sleep quality.

It is also vital that you don’t worry about how much sleep you will or won’t get. Focusing on your insomnia is about the surest way to have insomnia. The key is to do things to help you unwind, to help you shift from the cares of the day to preparing to sleep.

3. Stay Healthy – Exercising too close to bedtime will only serve to make it harder to fall asleep. However if you exercise several hours earlier, your body will be more ready to sleep.

Eating well is important to your overall health, and this extends to how well you sleep. The healthier you are, the better you will sleep. Also, sleeping well is part of being healthy, so you will see a difference if you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

If you want to have a good night sleep every night for the rest of your life, then you should achieve a regular habit and healthier sleep pattern.

If you have any feedback or thoughts to share on how to sleep better, please feel free to leave your comments below.