When most people think of weight loss, they consider a few different factors, typically diet and exercise top the list.
While they certainly are important and play a large role in your weight management a lot of people fail to recognize the importance of sleep.
When it comes to losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy weight, and general wellbeing, getting adequate sleep is just as necessary as eating well or making physical activity part of your routine.
Why Is Sleep So Important?
We’re not saying taking naps or lying in bed all weekend is going to help you shed unwanted pounds, but getting quality rest can.
For starters, if you’re not getting enough sleep or not sleeping well through the night, you won’t have the energy to exercise or even prepare healthy food.
When you’re exhausted, you’re much more likely to reach for a quick bite rather than prepare a balanced meal.
Apart from fighting fatigue, studies have shown getting fewer than 7 hours of sleep per night can undo all your hard work (aka diet and exercise).
When you’re sleep deprived you feel groggy, and that grogginess also applies to your metabolism.
Two hormones control hunger: leptin and ghrelin. These hormones can raise stress levels, which often causes people to crave sweets and junk food.
So, how can you improve your sleep? Here are a few ideas to try out.
Improve Your Sleep in 5 Easy Steps
1. Avoid Eating Late
Those midnight snacks are affecting your ability to rest. When we feel hungry at night, it’s because our body is ready to refuel.
If you’re dying for a snack, reach for a complex carb like oatmeal or a piece of toast rather than chocolate or other sweets.
2. Focus on Your Environment
Maybe you’re unable to rest well due to your sleep environment. Remove distractions like TVs, small lights, and put electronics far from your bed, and even investing in a quality mattress can make a huge difference.
3. Take Supplements
Sometimes we need a little help, and natural supplements can be the aid you need to fall asleep and stay asleep.
We recommend speaking with a medical professional before starting any supplements. You can schedule a completely confidential consultation with an EVEXIAS provider to find the best fit for you.
4. Avoid Caffeine and Stimulants
Certain chemicals like caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine can interfere with your ability to sleep. Avoid drinking coffee or soda within 4 hours of bedtime as well as smoking cigarettes.
5. Establish a Routine
Humans are creatures of habit. Give yourself a soothing pre-bedtime routine that will make sleep fun and easy.
Avoid strenuous activities and instead incorporate calming habits like taking a bath, reading a book, or meditating before bed.
We Can Help
If you are looking to get your weight under control, it’s time you make better sleep a top priority.
If you want to learn more about natural supplements or options for weight loss, schedule your consultation with at EVEXIAS Medical Centers today!