Do you dream of losing weight without making any effort? Here’s how to help the body burn some extra calories while you sleep.
If you consume a large meal shortly before going to bed, your body will need a lot of time to digest it . At the time of the deep sleep phase, the brain releases a growth hormone. By eating late at night, this hormone will store food in the digestive system as fat instead of fuel . The same goes for alcohol : consumed shortly before bedtime, the body will work to metabolize it during sleep, which prevents it from reaching the phase of deep sleep. A glass of wine at dinner is perfectly acceptable, but it is best to stop drinking alcohol for three hours before going to bed .
If you sleep in a room exposed to outdoor light, consider installing curtains or blackout blinds . Also turn off all the lights in standby as well as the screens that emit a blue light (smartphone, television, tablet). According to a study quoted by Reader’s digest , when we are in total darkness, the body produces the hormone melatonin that helps us sleep better and burn calories.
The body works more to maintain a high body temperature, and thus burns energy, when the bedroom is cool . Decreasing the thermostat by one or two degrees can help you burn up to 100 extra calories in 24 hours of sleep. Another tip: sleeping naked . This technique also reduces the temperature of the body, and therefore to work during the night.
A new series or a very busy book prevents you from sleeping seven to eight hours a night? Think of the benefits of a long night’s sleep. The resting energy expenditure of those who sleep an entire night is 5% higher than those who do not sleep enough . Research has shown that lack of sleep makes fat cells less sensitive to insulin . And this metabolic change is linked to obesity