| Lack of Sleep Contributes to Weight Gain
You could be sabotaging you weight loss efforts by not sleeping enough.
A proper night's sleep is regarded as about 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep per night. Some sleep specialists say that sleep debt is like credit card debt. It accumulates and if you don't pay it back in time, your body gets shut down.
However you look at it, lack of sleep disorders some important hormones. The main ones being:
- Cortisol goes up - which is never a good thing as this a distress hormone
- Lack of sleep raises insulin resistance and can produce a pre-diabetic state
- Ghrelin, a get-up-and-go hormone, that makes you fee l hungry, gets produced in higher levels when your body lacks sleep
Without taking a strong sleeping pill, It is impossible to guarantee a full night's sleep, but here are some simple tried and tested tips that are sure to help you:
1) Take a regular magnesium supplement like the one in the Decarb Support Pack
2) Add a tablespoon of Epsom Salts to your bath before bedtime
3) Sleep in complete darkness (or as close to it as possible)
4) Do not watch TV or movies in your bedroom before you go to sleep.
5) Keep your room temperature down. Overheating your environment will make sustained sleep more difficult.
6) Keep a routine at bedtime - try to go to bed at approx the same time each night
7) Don't snack before going to bed.
8) If you have cold feet, wear socks to bed. A recent study has shown that cold feet contribute to waking up in the middle of the night.
And of course don't drink just before you go to bed if you find yourself having to get up during the night to pee!
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