We spend ⅓ of our lives sleeping. It’s no wonder that it plays an important role to our metabolism.
When it comes to metabolism, you must understand that it’s a collection of processes that occur in your body. It’s hard to single out just one thing that will give your metabolism optimized function and speed. However, there are some things that people do that seem to help their metabolism function at a better rate. One that keeps showing up in many studies, and one of the most important things to improve your metabolism is sleep.
Sleep is vitally important, and you’ll spend up to ⅓ of your life sleeping. But beyond being the ticket to dreamland, sleep plays an important role in your overall health and metabolic function.
Sleep is needed to create a hormonal balance. The hormonal balance helps promote a healthy weight. Without a proper sleep schedule you can find yourself craving poor foods and overeating. Sleep deprivation has been linked to diabetes and obesity. It turns out that the best way to have a healthy weight is to have a healthy metabolism. And one of the easiest ways to do that is that to get better sleep.
It also appears that people who have a healthy sleep pattern also have a lower BMI. Although BMI is not the most accurate predictor of health, and doesn’t take into account overall body composition, one can draw conclusions that people who sleep more tend to live in a healthier weight range.
Knowing that sleep plays a role on appetite, body weight, hormonal balance and overall metabolism, here are some simple things to improve your nightly rest.
Keep your room dark
Think about building a cave. The darker the room the better as light can disturb your circadian rhythm. Try turning off all of the light giving object in your room and hang blackout curtains or a dark sheet over your window to prevent the outside light from getting in.
Don’t overstimulate before bed
When you play with devices, or watch movies you will increase the hormone levels in your body. Try reading a book, listening to relaxing music, or writing down what’s on your mind to train yourself to get better sleep.
Have a sleep schedule
It’s important to get 6-9 hours of sleep a night. Preferably the more the better. Try to keep yourself on schedule to maximize the sleeping effects on your metabolism.
Have a caffeine curfew
There should be a point in the day, roughly 8 hours before your bedtime, when you call it quits on the coffee. The simplest way to do this is to know when you go sleep and work backwards to find that curfew. The 8 hours will give the caffeine enough time to be worked out of your system and allow your body to relax before you go to sleep.
Many of us sleep really close to our phones allowing any sort of ping to wake us up. But sleep should be undisturbed and kept sacred. Turn your phone on do not disturb every night before bed is a trick the we like to use. A late night email can wait for the workday.
Help your metabolism by getting better sleep. It may take a little practice but your body will thank you for it in the long run.
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