Friday

How To SLEEP Yourself Slimmer.


When we’re scrambling to meet the demands of modern life, cutting back on sleep can sometimes seem like the only answer. Who can afford to spend so much time sleeping? The truth is we can’t afford not to. Even minimal sleep loss takes its toll on our mood, energy levels, ability to handle stress and, you’ve guessed it, our weight.

The power of sleep

Many of us want to sleep as little as possible … or feel like we have to. There are so many things that seem more interesting or important than getting a few more hours of sleep. But just as exercise and nutrition are essential for optimal health and happiness, so is sleep. The quality of your sleep directly affects the quality of your waking life, including your mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance, creativity, physical vitality, and of course, your weight;

In fact, no other activity delivers so many benefits with so little effort.

Understanding sleep

Sleep isn’t merely a time when your body and brain shut off. While you rest, your brain stays busy, overseeing a wide variety of biological maintenance tasks that keep you running in top condition and prepare you for the day ahead.

Without enough hours of restorative sleep, our bodies can be just like a car in need of its routine service; we just won’t function at our best. We won’t be able to work, learn, create, and communicate at a level even close to our true potential. It isn’t just the number of hours in bed that is important; it’s the quality of those hours of sleep. If you’re giving yourself plenty of time for sleep, but you’re still having trouble waking up in the morning or staying alert all day, you may not be spending enough time in the different stages of sleep; especially deep sleep and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.

By understanding how the sleep cycles work and the factors that can lead to those cycles being disrupted, you’ll be able to start getting both the quantity and the quality of sleep you need.

The sleep-wake cycle

Your internal 24-hour sleep-wake cycle or ‘biological clock’, is regulated by processes in the brain that respond to how long you’ve been awake and the changes between light and dark. At night, your body responds to the loss of daylight by producing melatonin, a hormone that makes you sleepy. During the day, sunlight triggers the brain to inhibit melatonin production so you feel more awake and alert.

This sleep-wake cycle can be disrupted by factors such as nightshift work, traveling across time zones, or irregular sleeping patterns, leaving us feeling groggy, disoriented, and sleepy at inconvenient times. The production of melatonin can also be thrown off when we’re deprived of sunlight during the day or exposed to too much artificial light. This disrupts the sleep-wake cycle, preventing us from getting the sleep we need.

How much sleep do I need?

While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need  between 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Children and teens need even more. And despite the notion that our sleep needs decrease with age, older people still need at least 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep. Since older adults often have trouble sleeping this long at night, daytime naps can help fill in the gap.

There is a big difference between the amount of sleep you can ‘get by on’ and the amount you need to ‘function optimally’. Just because you’re able to operate on 6 or 7 hours of sleep, doesn’t mean you wouldn’t feel a lot better and get more done if you spent an extra hour or two in bed. The best way to figure out if you’re meeting your sleep needs is to evaluate how you feel as you go about your day. If you’re logging enough hours, you’re more likely to feel energetic and alert all day long, from the moment you wake up until your regular bedtime.

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