Your bed can actually be the place to lose weight! Yes you read it right. You can shed the kilos in the bedroom. Don’t get too excited, we’re talking about sleeping your way to go lean. According to a recent study revealed in the New York Times bestseller Zero Belly Diet, sub-par sleep can actually undermine weight loss by as much as 55 percent. What you need is a healthy lifestyle and some tweaks your night time routine to shed some real weight.
1. Sleep in a dark room
It is advisable to sleep in a dark room for a sound sleep. If your bedroom is exposed to outdoor lights then consider blackout curtains or blinds for your room. Turn off all the glowing clocks and turn off your TV. When you are in complete darkness your body produces the hormone melatonin, which not only makes you feel sleepy but can even help you in the production of calorie-burning fat, according to a study published in the Journal of Pineal Research.
2. Hide all your gadgets
According to the Manchester University research the short-wavelength blue light emitted from the smartphones and tablets can interrupt the body’s production of melatonin which can actually disturb your metabolism. So from now switch off all your gadgets before you go to bed!
3. Give yourself a bedtime
Even if you don’t go to sleep on time, it’s important for you to tell yourself that you’re “staying up past your bedtime.” This might just help you go to bed early. Most adults should get 7-8 hours of sleep at night, do the math and be a little watchful towards your sleep pattern.
4. Schedule tea time
Certain teas can swiftly put you to sleep and also have magical weight-loss properties, from reducing hunger pangs to upping your calorie burn. Some of the best teas to have before sleep are chamomile, lavender and valerian. These teas actually have some sedative properties.
5. If you eat at night keep portions small
It is advisable to keep your last meal light and not stuff yourself with a lot of food. When you eat a large meal before bed, your body has to work really hard to digest it long into the night — and if your body is still worked up, so are you.
6. Eat mint or simply put the fragrance on
Mint has the ability to suppress your salivary glands and your hunger pangs. Try burning a minty candle or fragrance to put yourself to sleep without feeling hungry.
7. Lock your kitchen or yourself
Try locking up the kitchen around 8 PM or simply stay away from it. Closing the kitchen early might help you lose weight and not binge at odd hours.
8. Take a hot shower
After a long day at work and post your early dinner try taking a hot shower for a good night’s sleep. A hot shower can help you relive stress, relax the sore muscles and immediately put you to sleep.
9. Gymming late is not a very good idea
Hitting the gym too late can actually mess with your body clock. Exercising late in the evening can energise your body so much that it may not be able to wind down in time for your body to relax and sleep.
10. Avoid eating chocolate at night
Chocolates contain caffeine which may prevent your body from going off to sleep when you want it if you are sensitive to the compound. It is advisable to eat the chocolate during the day time so that you can burn those extra calories as well throughout the day.