Fitness 101: How You Can Sleep More for Weight Loss

The average man spends a third of their life asleep. However, being in bed and getting quality sleep are two very different things. In fact, this 1970 study shows that despite being in bed for 7.5 hours; the average amount of sleep was just 6.1 hours.

You may think you’re getting enough sleep every night, but the real truth is that 30% of adults are sleeping less than 6 hours per night.

This doesn't sound too bad; after all, you function normally throughout the day. However, the power of sleep is often underrated. It is important for your health and for your ability to lose weight. If you need confirmation of this fact join FF30X and speak to other men who've discovered the benefits of a healthier life.

The Power of Sleep

Sleep is not simply a time when your body shuts down; this is actually the time that your brain processes the emotions and information gathered during the day. In fact, your brain can be more active at this time than it is during the day. Research suggests that when sleeping the brain supports an array of activities which are essential to the quality of your life.

  1. Non-REM

sleep more for weight loss

This is the first part of a sleep cycle and occurs as you fall asleep. Your body temperature will drop; your heart rate and breathing will slow. You’ll then enter deep sleep. This is potentially the most important part of your sleep cycle for learning and memory.

  1. REM

REM sleep, (Rapid Eye Movement) follows deep sleep. During this stage, your eyes move rapidly, and your brain is as active as when you’re awake. This is the stage when your body recovers from the physical traumas of the day.

The cycle will repeat 4 or 5 times through a typical night.

Why You Need to Sleep More for Weight Loss

Studies show that sleep is essential for the proper functioning of your body and is key to helping you achieve your weight loss goals.

sleep more for weight lossThe first thing to note is that studies have shown that poor or little sleep has been linked to an increase in BMI thanks to a weight gain.

To make matters worse, this actually starts a vicious cycle. Sleep disorders tend to be worse if you are overweight; which leads to poor sleep and more weight gain. It can be a difficult cycle to break.

Studies have also shown that a lack of sleep will increase your appetite and encourage you to make poor food choices throughout the day. The reason this happens is that the levels of your hormones ghrelin and leptin are regulated when you sleep. If you don’t sleep enough this doesn't happen.

Ghrelin is the hunger hormone; this lowers at night. If it doesn't then you will feel hungrier during the day.

ghrelin sleep more for weight lossEqually the levels of leptin should increase as you sleep. This is the hormone that makes you feel full. If your levels don’t increase when you sleep you will find that you’re craving food.

Sleep also has an effect on insulin levels. You’re probably aware that insulin is essential to your body; it takes the sugar you eat out of your bloodstream and puts it into your cells; ready to be used as energy.

Unfortunately, a lack of sleep will reduce your ability to lower your blood sugar levels. Elevated blood sugar equates to a greater release of insulin; making you feel hungrier. The extra food you eat is not needed for energy (your cells have sufficient). Instead, this gets stored as fat.

You will also be at increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

Top Tips for Getting More Sleep

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to improve the time you sleep for and its quality. Here are some great tips to get you started:

Create a Habit

good habits sleep more for weight lossJust as you need to make exercise a habit and a good diet plan, you should set yourself a bedtime and stick to it. This will help to ensure you spend the right amount of time in bed, encouraging more sleep.

To ensure quality sleep you need to do more than just create a bedtime. You should create a habit that surrounds your bedtime. This can be anything that helps you unwind and switch off from the day; such as reading a book for 15 minutes or listening to music.

Caffeine

You may like to start the day with a caffeine boost, but you should always avoid caffeine and alcohol within a few hours of your bedtime. These are stimulants which will prevent your body from relaxing and getting the sleep you need.

Exercise

Exercise is essential for burning fat in your body and retaining a healthy metabolism/cardiovascular system. However, it is important not to exercise within a few hours of your new bedtime.

In fact, studies show that exercise can reduce insomnia symptoms and even reduce the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep.

Avoid Blue Light

blue light sleep more for weight lossBlue light is present naturally in the atmosphere and is beneficial to your health. In fact, it plays a critical part in helping to regulate your circadian cycle.

But, too much blue night near bedtime will make your brain think it is still day time. This will prevent your brain from triggering an increase in melatonin, which is essential for relaxing your body and helping you sleep.

You can switch off your cell phone and laptop/computer at least an hour before bed, or you may find it beneficial to use glasses that block blue light.

You can also get apps that block blue light; these are useful if you need to keep using your electronic device right up to bedtime.

Get the Temperature Right

sleep more for weight lossIt can be very difficult to sleep properly if your bedroom is too warm. The maximum temperature of your bedroom at night should be 70°f (20°C).

Lower temperatures will help your body to relax and improve the quality of your slumber.

In fact, the temperature of your room is deemed to be more important than the amount of outside noise.

Avoid Napping

This is a fairly obvious step. Although the occasional short nap can boost your energy; napping during the daytime is likely to confuse your circadian cycle.

This can make it difficult to sleep properly at night; again your body may struggle to regulate melatonin levels properly.

Get The Support You Need

Weight loss can be challenging, but it doesn't need to be. You need to get the right levels of sleep; develop a healthy eating plan and have a good level of support.

That’s what the FF30X is here for you. You’ll meet thousands of men like you who have and are battling to lose weight. They can share their advice, offer the support you need and confirm that you do need to sleep more for weight loss.

Join today, and you’ll find the new you faster than you think!

Your new friend & health coach,

stuart-headshotStuart Carter
Head Training Staff, The Fit Father Project

Brotherhood Nickname: “The Fit Brit”
Bragging Rights: 16 Years in the fitness industry, Author of ‘The Easy Fitness Guide', Father of 4 boys and Husband to a Venezuelan beauty.

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*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on how to sleep more for weight loss.