Fall into Bed: Why Sleep is Crucial for Your Weight Loss
Unfortunately, life can get extremely busy at times. It’s not uncommon to let a good night’s sleep fall down on the list of priorities. We may be able to function the next day, but the truth is not having enough sleep can have a negative impact on your weight loss. When your body and mind is well rested it can be very beneficial to the ORBERA® weight loss program.
When you are well rested on a regular basis you are likely to have more energy during your ORBERA® weight loss journey. When you’re constantly sleep deprived chances are you are going to make decisions that are quick and easy. You may not get the most out of your workout because of a lack of energy, or you might skip the gym entirely!
Unhealthy fast food options and comfort food is a go-to for some who are tired and hungry. If you are well rested, making meals at home and from scratch with healthy ingredients is much simpler.
Over time, these choices made out of exhaustion and desperation can add up and negatively affect your weight loss, overall healthy lifestyle and success with ORBERA®.
Coffee is a common antidote for many who are tired throughout the day. Although it may be an effective solution, coffee tends to include some not so healthy ingredients. Additions like cream, milk, and sugar consumed on a daily basis can negatively affect your diet. Popular lattes with dairy, sugar and other additives like whipped cream and syrups may seem like a good idea at the time due to exhaustion, but they really aren’t so innocent. One tall caramel latte from Starbucks® is 250 calories and has 11 grams of fat, 35 mg of cholesterol, 37 grams of carbohydrates and 35 grams of sugar.
Skip the coffee during the ORBERA® weight loss system with a good nights rest!
Not sleeping enough actually slows your metabolism down. During a study at the University of Chicago, researchers found that within four days of not getting enough sleep that the body’s ability to process insulin decreased. Insulin is a hormone that is required for your body to turn sugar and starch into energy. Researchers found that insulin sensitivity dropped by more than 30% without enough rest. When your body isn’t processing insulin properly then it has a hard time processing fats in your bloodstream. Alternatively, your body stores them as fat. Over time, this can contribute to weight gain and negatively impact your ORBERA® weight loss journey.
Despite what you may think, getting enough sleep actually does the opposite. While you’re sleeping your body is keeping busy by burning calories. The amount of calories you burn while sleeping usually depend on your weight. For example, a person who weighs 160lbs will burn roughly 69 calories per hour while sleeping, which works out to 552 calories burned during an eight-hour sleep.
The more you sleep, the more you burn!
Tips & Tricks
Are you having trouble sleeping? Here is a list of things you can try to improve your sleep patterns:
- Soak in the hot tub or have a bath
- Have a cup of decaffeinated tea in the evening
- Eat small healthy snacks in the evening rather than huge hearty meals
- Have a glass of water if you are still feeling hungry
- Turn all the lights off
- Don’t exercise within two hours of bedtime
- Try yoga or meditation
- Avoid coffee
- Invest in comfortable bedding and pillows
- Incorporate lamb or turkey into your dinner (high in the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan)
Getting a good amount of sleep regularly is beneficial to your health in many ways! When you adapt to good sleep patterns during the ORBERA® weight loss program you’re instilling lifelong healthy habits!
What time are you going to bed tonight?
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