Sleep is very essential to your health and well-being. You can’t hide under the rug when it comes to losing or gaining weight.
Sleep plays a vital role in the repair and restoration of the entire human body. They say that sleeping is the best form of rest. With a good night’s sleep, therefore, the body rejuvenates itself for the next day’s activities.
When I was a child, I hated the night. You know, kids are buzzing with a lot of energy and I think that was the challenge I had. I played a lot and enjoyed the plays so much that I didn’t want night to come.
Today, as a busy adult, I begin to appreciate why Providence in His infinite wisdom made it day and night. It would have been a huge struggle to lose weight and therefore difficult to maintain optimal health.
There are many distractions or interruptions to having a restful night’s rest. However, let me share with you the 3 most common impediments to a good night’s sleep.
(1) Eating heavy meals late at night
Stuffing yourself with heavy meals late at night is a recipe for losing some nighttime sleep. It causes digestive discomfort that disrupts sleep, impairing your attempt to lose weight. When you eat late at night with large amounts of food in your belly with the consequent increase in the rate of metabolism, it becomes increasingly difficult to fall asleep. To stay on top of your weight loss game, try eating low-fat meals early in the evening around 6pm at night.
(2) Alcoholic Beverages
They say that alcohol increases urgency but weakens performance. But let me attribute it to something else: drowsiness. Alcohol tends to induce sleep initially, but causes intermittent or early awakenings in between. It contains a lot of carbohydrates. The high calories from alcohol coupled with sleep disruptions culminate in weight gain. And that’s why so many alcoholics develop paunchy bellies which is why they work so hard to burn off those belly fats. Therefore, stay away from those bottles to lose weight and be healthy.
Sometimes one of the biggest interruptions to your sleep comes from your bed partner. A couple of years ago, one of my next door neighbors used to snore a lot. Neighbors complained but his wife was undoubtedly the most vulnerable. Can’t get used to this! Unfortunately, alcohol and late night meals make snoring worse. Thank goodness we had gone our separate ways!
Today, fortunately, snoring has a solution. You should check this! If you are sleeping with a noisy bed partner, I recommend that you wear ear plugs to drown out the snoring.
Research has shown that deep sleep provides the platform for you to burn more calories and fat. In short, therefore, to lose weight, you need to get enough sleep. And that’s why you need everything in your power to remove all the obstacles that prevent you from sleeping, as they have a direct bearing on your desire to lose weight.