“The Little Things That Make a Big Difference” is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.
You KNOW that sleeping well is important for making you feel productive, alert, and optimally functional.
But did you know that sleeping well is also important for your weight loss? Well, it really is. You see, your body is actually hard at work when you sleep. It’s doing things like cleaning up your insides, setting your hormone balance, sorting out your vital systems, and making sure you are able to get into the next day in top form.
Some of these things are directly linked to effective weight loss progress. Lack of sleep also makes us prone to all sorts of habits that can lead to weight gain, like eating too much, and drinking sugar-filled alcoholic drinks. So if you have put on weight in a period of your life where you’ve been struggling to sleep then the poor sleep was almost certainly part of the equation.
So how do you make sure you sleep well?
First, organise your space. Make sure you have a comfy bed, and a comfy pillow. Make sure your room is dark enough, and the temperature is cool. Also make sure you won’t be disturbed by mosquitoes, and that you have a quiet environment around you. Once you’ve done all that, make sure you are tired when you go to bed so you don’t struggle to fall asleep, and make sure you haven’t had any stimulants in the few hours before bed.
If you do all of that, then you’re giving yourself a good chance of sleeping well. And if you still don’t then maybe you need to figure out what is keeping you awake – stress may be keeping your brain active.
Getting good sleep is critical to having a productive life, and losing the weight you want to lose, so get on it.
Take a look at the articles below for more information on the little things that make a big difference to your weight loss goals:
- The little things that make a big difference to your weight loss: Time
- The little things that make a big difference to your weight loss: Vitamin pills
- The little things that make a big difference to your weight loss: Black coffee & veggies
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