How to burn more calories while sleeping
Everyone wants to lose a little weight and look their best – and for good reason. Staying at a healthy body weight helps you to feel better, look better, and be more confident. It also reduces your odds for developing different types of diseases and conditions (like diabetes and heart disease), and sets you up for a life free from the many problems that come with being overweight.
But – losing weight isn’t always so easy. Often, people need to use every trick at their disposal to cut fat and shed excess pounds – which leads us to a very important question.
Can you burn more calories while you are asleep?
Sleep does account for a fairly large portion of our day to day life. What if we could burn more calories at the same time?
Well, believe it or not, it is possible to do just that.
Here’s what you need to know.
You obviously can’t exercise while you sleep – but you can do your best to help boost your metabolism.
People use different methods to approach this problem – and in this post, we are going to talk about just a few different tips that you could use to maximize your body’s fat-burning potential while you’re trying to get some much-needed shut-eye.
Stop eating before bed
One method is to stop eating before bed. Some people say that you should stop eating 1 to 2 hours before you actually lay down, to keep your stomach from having to work so hard to digest what you’ve already eaten… but some actually push this a bit further, and say that you should stop eating for more like 4 hours before you go to sleep.
As for dinner? Keep it light. Have you ever heard the saying, eat like a king for breakfast and a pauper for dinner? Well, as it turns out, this might be true! You need to fuel your body for the day in the morning – but there really isn’t any reason to ‘fuel’ your body before heading to bed. So opt for smaller portions that will give you just enough to satiate your hunger cravings.
If you need to snack before bed, make it a protein shake
According to a study that was done at Florida State University, men who consumed an evening snack that had 30 grams of protein had a higher metabolic rate the following morning than men who didn’t.
Why? Because protein is more thermogenic than fat or carbs. In other words, our body burns more calories digesting it than it does digesting carbs or fat – which will result in more calories burned while you sleep.
Did you know that the scent of mint can actually suppress your appetite? As it turns out, burning a mint-scented candle before bed could lead to better weight loss while you sleep. One study, which was published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopedic Medicine, found that people lost an average of 5 pounds every month if they sniffed some peppermint every two hours throughout the day!
Sleep in the cold
Turning the air conditioner up while you sleep might actually do more to help you burn fat than you would ever have imagined.
In one study, it was shown that people who slept with the air conditioner turned down to 66 degrees lost more belly fat while sleeping than people who slept at 75 or 81 degrees.
Ditch your phone, your tablet, and other devices before hitting the sack
Did you know that there is a correlation between electronic screens in the bedroom and obesity? There is – and it probably has to do with the fact that screens can actually disrupt your brain’s natural sleep-awake cycle.
This keeps you from sleeping as well, which hurts your body’s ability to burn enough fat while you rest.
For best results, stop looking at screens a good hour or more before you turn in for the night.