By: Brianna Buchholz
Did you know that not getting enough sleep can lead you to consume more calories???
It is a known fact that a lack of sleep can cause health issues. More specifically metabolic dysfunction, obesity, heart attack, stroke, coronary heart disease, etc. etc…
But it can also influence us to eat more? It’s true!! A study found that individuals who did not sleep enough throughout the night tended to opt for higher calorie foods and consumed more calories throughout the day. This is all due to a lack of alertness.
It turns out, when you are less alert, you have less care for healthy food options and turn towards junk foods. Who would’ve thought.
Now coffee can be a quick fix to wake you up for the time being, but how can we solve the root of the problem and sleep more throughout the night?
Here are a few tips to help you out:
Destress at the end of the night by meditating, reading a book, stretching out those kinks, or anything that personally helps you rid yourself of stress from the day.
That * one * glass of wine before bed may help you fall asleep, but you will find yourself waking up throughout the night. Alcohol causes disturbances in your sleep, causing you to feel more restless in the morning.
Skip that energy booster
If you are unable to fall asleep at night, it may be that afternoon caffeine fix or a even late night workout! Yes, exercise helps you sleep, but if you find yourself feeling more energized post-workout, it might be a sign to move that gym session earlier in the day. Maybe try switching to early morning workouts to wake you up and get you prepared for a productive day.
This could mean anything from sleeping with the TV on to allowing pets in the bed. Your body will subconsciously notice these distractions, once again preventing restful sleep.
Try these tricks and let us know how they help you! Also clue us in to some of the tricks you rely on to get a good night’s rest!