Sleep is very essential for your health and well-being. It cannot be shoved under the carpet when it comes to weight loss or weight gain.
Sleep plays a vital role in the repair and restoration of the entire human body. They say that sleep is the best form of rest. With a good night’s sleep, therefore, the body gets rejuvenated for the next day’s activities.
When I was a kid, I detested the night. You know children bubble with a lot of energy and, I think that was the challenge I had. I used to play a lot and I enjoyed the plays such that I did not want the night to ever 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 big struggle to lose weight and therefore, difficult to maintain optimum health.
There are many distractions or disruptions to having a peaceful night rest. However, let me share with you the 3 most common impediments to a good night’s sleep.
(1) Taking Heavy Meals Late Night
Taking your fill with heavy meals late at night is a recipe for loss of some night sleep. It causes digestive discomforts that disrupt your sleep thereby impairing your bid to lose weight. When you eat late at night with large amounts of food in your belly with resultant increase in the rate of metabolism, it becomes increasingly difficult to fall asleep. To be on top of your weight loss game, try to eat low-fat meals early in the night at about 6pm in the evening.
(2) Alcoholic Drinks
They say alcohol increases the urge but weakens the performance. But let me attribute it to something else: sleepiness. Alcohol tends to induce sleep initially but causes intermittent or early waking in between. It contains a lot of carbohydrates. Heavy calories from alcohol together with sleep disruptions culminate in weight gain. And that’s why many alcoholics develop pot bellies of which they work so hard to burn such belly fats. Stay away, therefore, from those bottles in order to lose weight and be healthy.
Sometimes, one of the biggest disruptions of your sleep comes from your bedmate. A couple of years ago, one of my next-door neighbors used to snore a lot. Neighbors complained but his wife, no doubt, was the most vulnerable. There can be no getting-used-to this! Unfortunately, alcohol and late night meals make snoring worse. Thank Goodness, we had gone our separate ways!
Today, fortunately, snoring has solutions. You should check it out! If you’re sleeping by a noisy bed partner, I recommend you wear earplugs to drown out the snoring sounds.
Research has shown that sound sleep provides the platform for more calories and fats to be burnt. Summarily, therefore, to lose weight, you need enough sleep. And that’s why you need everything within your powers to remove every roadblock to your sleep impairments because it has direct relationships with your weight loss desires.