We still remember the time when our mothers used to recite a very famous Anglo-Latin phrase “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” to make us sleep early at night. In childhood, nobody ever took it seriously. But as we grew older, the importance of this phrase dawned upon us and we realize how much an early-night sleep is a must!
Many might not even realize but a good sleep helps in reducing weight!
Below we present some powerful reason, backed by authentic researches to prove how you can maintain your slim and smart figure just by ensuring you sleep well!
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1. Bid Farwell to late-night snacking
Research reveals that people who sleep late at night always need snacks to binge on! Consequently, they consume an ample amount of food to satisfy their cravings.
Therefore, it is better to sleep rather than consuming calories that you don’t need. According to the research carried out by the University of Pennsylvania, the people who minimized their sleeping hours ( sleeping from 4 a. m. to 8 a.m ) gained more weight. Meanwhile, those who rested well (sleeping from 11 p.m to 8 a.m.) shed calories, unlike their well-rested counterparts.
2. Burn Calories the Easy Way
The more you sleep, the more calories you will burn and the more energy you will have to do your daily tasks.
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’s study, the energy expenditure of a good sleeper is 5% higher than his weary counterparts. This means that the number of calories burnt, when you are not doing any work that gives you physical exertion, is higher than the number of calories burnt when you are working. Rest well, burn calories!
3. Boost Your Metabolism
Sleep boosts metabolism and the rate at which your body is reducing fat.
A University of Chicago study compared the weight-loss of sleep-restricted individuals (sleeping 5.5 hours) and well-rested individuals (sleeping more than 8 hours) While both groups lost six and a half pounds, for the well-rested group, half of it was fat and for worn-out participants, quarter of that weight was fat.
4. Junk Food Out, Healthy Food In!
Healthy sleepers shop better than tired, exhausted individuals. Sleep-deprived individuals buy nearly 1300 calories in food than well-rested individuals according to a recent study published in the journal ‘Obesity’.
5. Control the Amount You Eat
Sweden has carried out research to find out the difference of portion between two groups: sleep-starved and well-rested participants. They were asked to complete a computerized ‘ideal portion size’ test where they had to decide their serving size.
To everyone’s utter surprise, sleep-starved people filled their digital plate by adding 35 additional calories in their snacks as compared to the well-rested people.
So, all night owls, this is the time to maintain serious sleeping goals! After all, who wouldn’t love to have a comfortable, beauty sleep? Happy sleeping.
Contributed by: Fizza Abbas
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