It’s a known fact that improving your diet, moving more and getting that heart rate up now and then are
guaranteed ways to drop some inches and improve your health.But did you also know that a good night’s sleep can work wonders when it comes to weight loss and make the world of difference to your fitness routine? Read on and find out why sleeping could help you lose those extra inches and have you feeling on top of the world!
How many calories do we burn at night?
Believe it or not, the body is still working when we sleep. The higher your metabolic rate, the more you’ll
burn, but the average amount of calories burned per night is between 250 - 350.The calories burned at night time are used to maintain essential body functions such as controlling internal temperature, repairing cells and pumping blood.We tend to burn more calories when in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. This is a form of deep sleep when the brain is often more active than when we are awake. So the better your night’s sleep, the more calories you’ll burn!
What happens if we don't sleep well?
A good night’s sleep automatically makes us feel better the following day. After a good 7-8 hours of fitful rest
we wake up ready to take on the day, full of good intentions, with willpower at the ready to resist all those
things that are bad for us.On the contrary, after a poor night’s sleep, we often reach out to all those things that aren’t so good. An extra coffee? Sugar to get us through the day? Too tired and sluggish to exercise and unable to concentrate as a result. A good night’s sleep is fundamental to good physical and mental health, as well as great for memory and growth.
How to increase your metabolism?
As we’ve already stated, the better your metabolism, the more calories you’ll burn as you sleep. So how do
you increase your metabolism? Living a healthy lifestyle will certainly help.Losing weight will help boost your metabolism as muscle burns more calories than fat when resting. Try to resist eating late at night as despite what you might think, this won’t help and may make it even harder to fall asleep!