New scientific studies have been developing and proving what an important role sleep can play in both weight loss and staying healthy.

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Sleep makes you skinny – (at least you’re more likely to be according to recent research)- although it can’t do it all on it’s own, good sleep increases Leptin, which is the hormone in charge of satiety. Less sleep shows an increase in its arch nemesis ghrelin, the hunger-stimulating hormone.

Let’s be honest who doesn’t love sleep! and given the choice, I am NOT a morning person so I was thrilled by this news. Does this mean you can lounge in all day? unfortunately not! but the recommended amount of sleep we should be getting per day is between 7 and 9 hours depending on who you are and getting the right amount of sleep is a cheating way to help you lose weight (I’ll take it).

BUT Just like Goldilocks it needs to be JUST right

Benefits of Sleep

Not only does sleep aid weight loss but there are other benefits as well including:

  • Boosts immune system – fewer colds and bugs for you!
  • Increased sex drive – (let her have a lie in then lads!)
  • Decreased risk of stroke
  • Decreased risk of heart diseases – healthy hearts need sleep
  • Better concentration
  • Less anxiety and depression – both have been related to lack of sleep
  • Reduced risk of diabetes

So with all of this in mind, here are some helpful tips to get you catching good quality Z’s in no time!

1. Ditch The Blue Light

The tablets, phones and other devices all emit blue light which has proven to keep your brain more awake. If you don’t want to ditch them all together then try apps like “Twilight” (not the sparkly vampire kind) which add a filter layer over your phone to counteract the “blue light effect” which is responsible for us struggling to fall asleep.

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2. Tidy Your Bedroom

I am not trying to sound like your mother! but having a clean atmosphere leaves you less stressed and focused on other issues. Clear room, Clear mind!

3.Exercise During The Day

If you can get a workout in then great! if not try going for a walk. Contrary to popular belief exercise can help you sleep rather than wake you up (just obviously not right before bedtime).

4. Try Meditation or Breathing Exercises

I love to meditate (when I have the time) it really helps to clear the mind and relax you. The downside? it takes practice, and that means time! – But if you are a beginner, start by practicing deep breathing. Doing this when lying in bed can calm yourself and relax (this also works for when you are scared or anxious).

5. Have a Routine

There’s a reason we make kids have a bedtime routine and it’s because it programs our bodies to feel tired at certain times of the day. Adopting a routine yourself, as well as ensuring you get up at a similar time each day can help regulate your sleep pattern.

(You can also use this technique to take a scheduled power nap during the afternoon – 20 minutes is the perfect amount of time to be beneficial yet not interfere with your evening sleep cycle)

6. Cool Down

Ever woken up feeling cold? that’s because you’ve gotten all warm and snugly and during the night your internal temperature has dropped. Ensure you have the right tog duvet or bedding for the weather, plus look at keeping the room cooler which allows your body to acclimatize appropriately and will help you to sleep more soundly without having disturbed sleep.

 Do you have problems sleeping? how do you get to sleep?

Sleep has been linked to weight control so here are some ways to get good quality sleep, the benefits and how it can help you keep a healthy weight.

20 comments on “6 Ways To Sleep Yourself Slim”

  1. I so believe in this. One day before I met an old lady and she is 86 years old. And some old friends of her ask her her secrets of staying young, since she looked really young and still wearing high heels on her age, her answer was, ” At least 8 hours of good sleep every night! No matter what happens, always aim for it.”

    And I took note of that!

  2. I try to focus on my breathing and my thoughts before going to bed. Sometimes it’s just so hard to shut down! I’ve heard that if you try to relax your jaw, that the rest of your body will start to relax as well.

  3. I totally agree with the blue light. That’s the reason why you can’t sleep while you are scrolling through your social media. I’ll definitely check out that Twilight app!

  4. These are all great tips. I really want to work on keeping my room cleaner. Not only do I sleep better but it just puts me in a better mood when my room is organized and tidy.

  5. I’m a horrible sleeper. I either have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, which means I’m often tired. Thankfully, I work from home so I can take an occasional nap when I feel cloudy.

  6. Lately I have not been getting enough sleep and I know a big part of it is staying on the phone too late at night. These are great tips and I really need to make more time for myself to do them!

  7. Sleep is definitely great for our health that’s why I make sure that I get enough sleep through the night. It helps with losing weight and getting fit too. Staying up too late or not getting enough sleep makes our body crave for more sugar.

  8. I would love to try out meditation. I wonder how that would work for me. I think it may help with my sleep issues!

  9. Great tips! I am all about getting more sleep. I need to make it a point to get to bed earlier, makes me feel so much better when I do!

  10. Sleep is so important, and as a mom to a 9 month old, I miss my sleep lol. It is getting better though. The blue light and cleaning the bed room, I have found, work wonders on relaxing the mind and assisting with better sleep.

  11. My only real issue with sleeping is my husband’s snoring. In all honesty, I have seriously thought about separate bedrooms.

  12. I noticed that enough sleep doesn’t just make me feel better throughout the day but I feel more energized as well. It’s tough when you have a lot of things on your mind or when you’re busy but having a routine before bed time definitely helps! These are very helpful.

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