I like to sleep.
Studies have shown that women need more sleep than men. I try to explain this to my husband and he looks at me like I’m crazy.
Anyways, since I like to sleep and trying to lose weight I figured there had to be some things that I could that would help me lose weight while I sleep.
To understand how all of this works it is important to understand how the body works.
With any post, guide, or book you read on losing weight, it will reference metabolism.
What Is Metabolism?
To put things in simple terms when metabolism stops your body stops.
Metabolism is the process our body goes through to produce energy. The faster your metabolism is working, the fast your body is burning through food to produce energy.
This is a very good thing.
It’s why those annoying super skinny people can eat whatever they want and not gain anything. Their metabolism is working at an insane rate.
As you get older, if you start to be less active, your metabolism slows down. If your body doesn’t need much energy what’s the point of it trying to create some?
There is none!
However, there are some tricks you can do to trigger your body’s metabolism that doesn’t involve running a marathon.
5 Awesome Bedtime Habits to Help You Lose Weight While You Sleep
Before we get started I want to talk about habits for a second.
Habits are a tough nut to crack.
They are with us for long periods of time and many habits we might not even recognize as habits. We blindly do them because are used to doing them.
One of the keys to losing weight is understanding the bad habits that get you into trouble. Snacking on those cookies when your nervous might be one of them.
If you can learn how to break these bad habits then you’ll find your weight loss journey to be a tad bit easier.
1. Don’t Eat After 7pm
This is more dependent on what time you go to bed. If you don’t go to bed till 3am then you can push your eating deadline back a bit.
You want to make your last meal a good one so you aren’t tempted by the late night empty carb snacking.
That means meals that are high in protein and low on bad carbs. I say bad carbs because you want to load up on veggies which are loaded with good carbs.
Having your last meal 3 hours before bed allows your body to get settled for its late night functions.
It also means that you can sleep a lot easier since your body isn’t working up the energy to process food.
2. Relax and Relieve Stress
When I stress I like to eat.
Stress drains me of whatever willpower that I have left. It’s extremely hard for me to lose weight when I am stressed so going to bed stressed isn’t going to help out much.
Stress also means that I am not going to have a good night of sleep and good sleep is exactly what you need if you are going to try and lose weight.
Sleep means that your body can take all of the hard work that you did throughout the day and put it into action. If you aren’t sleeping then these things can’t happen.
Everyone has their own way of relieving stress, but one thing that I like to do is a short meditation session.
At first, meditation was extremely difficult for me because my mind is always moving a million miles an hour. I thought when you meditated that you needed to completely clear your mind. That’s impossible for me.
My meditation breakthrough finally occurred when I learned that the goal isn’t too clear your mind but to be able to focus your mind on a single thing. Every time your mind strays from that thing you need to bring it back.
Meditation is more of an exercise in mental strength then it is some cool thing that makes your mind go blank.
Another good practice is to do some bedtime yoga. Yoga is another great way to relax your mind and also helps prepare your body to get to work when you are asleep.
Getting good sleep ensures that your willpower tank if full for the next day and we all know that you’ll need it to avoid the many temptations that life throws your way.
3. Drink Dairy Before Bed
This one is a bit controversial because some diets say you should completely cut out dairy while others say you should embrace dairy as long as it’s full-fat.
The reason this tip is given is because milk contains a type of protein called casein which helps your body build and sustain lean muscle.
Building muscle helps to boost your metabolism and we all know that is good because that means more calories are being burned.
If you don’t like the idea of drinking a glass of warm milk before bed then I completely understand but if you want to give it a shot, let me know how it works out for you.
4. Adjust Your Lighting
If you want to sleep well you need your room to be as dark as humanly possible. The reason why is because when you go to sleep your body produces melatonin. When your eyes sense light it makes your body think it should still be up which prevents the production of melatonin.
Studies have actually shown that women sleeping in darker rooms are less likely to be overweight compared to those sleeping in lighter rooms.
They get better sleep!
Taking this knocks me out almost instantly and it’s all natural.
5. Prepare Meals Ahead of Time
Don’t leave falling off the wagon to chance. There is just too much stuff going on in the week to wait around and think that you can prepare a snack or meal on the go.
One of the best things that you can do is plan your meals out and if possible prep them on Sunday. That means you don’t have to worry about doing anything with regards to food for the whole week.
If you’re curious about how to meal plan then check out Leila’s guide to meal plan and prep.
Not having to worry about your meals for the rest of the week allows your mind to focus on other things. You also don’t have to go to bed guilty knowing you shouldn’t have eaten that value meal with a large milkshake.
If you know you are going to want some snacks then check out my favorite 7 fat-burning snacks to eat whenever.
Sleep Is the Missing Link
For many women trying to lose weight, sleep is the missing link to dropping pounds. You could be doing everything else right in the world but if you aren’t getting proper sleep you won’t see any results.
In fact, you might see your body going in reverse!
Getting good sleep all comes down to preparation and the ability to take things off your mind. Once you master these things you’ll find yourself sleeping like someone that had too many martinis. Babies wake up too much to pretend you want to sleep like them.