When you are trying to lose weight you follow the necessary instructions like what, when and how much to eat. You drink a lot of fluids and exercise. These are the basics right?
Of course all these things are equally important, but you often forget about the crucial fact – ‘Do you get enough sleep?’!
Quality sleep is essential for your body if you want to lose weight and to keep vital functions of our body working properly.
But we live in a very stressful world where time is the most valuable thing. The cost we pay for stealing that time from our quality sleep is often a few extra inches around our waist.
How much sleep do we need?!
The experts say it is 8 hours, but it depends on person to person. Some people need more, some need less.
The best way is to figure it out for yourself and listen to your body…it knows you the best.
Here are seven tips that will help you to regulate your sleeping habits and assist you in your battle with extra pounds
1. Avoid caffeine after 3 PM.
Caffeine stays very long in your body, and most of us are not aware of that fact. But when you go to bed at 11 PM and you can not fall asleep you will remember that coffee;
2. In the evening stay away from products with sugar, even wine. Avoid heavy foods like pasta and bread.
Carbohydrates will make your organs work more than they should. Night is a time when your body should rest, not work;
3. Try to go the bed around 10 PM.
Research has shown that the best thing for your body is to go to bed between 10 PM and midnight;
4. Turn off computers, telephones and other similar appliances.
Try to do this at least one hour before you go to bed so you can easily fall asleep;
5. Try not to drink a lot of fluids in the evening.
You can destroy your quality sleep if you go to the toilet a few times during the night;
6. A midday power nap is a great thing to fuel yourself with energy.
But don’t exaggerate because if you sleep too much during the day you will not be able to sleep during the night.
Power naps should last between 10 and 20 minutes, 30 minutes tops;
7. Make a list of the things you were grateful for that day.
Before you fall asleep you can make the list. This routine can help you to relax and fall asleep thankful and peaceful.