Many of us have been searching for the secret ingredient to slimming down and improving our overall health, and it’s been right under our noses! Sleep. Lack of sleep can cause hormone imbalances, and specifically affects the hormones that manage hunger and appetite, and blood sugar levels. When you don’t get enough sleep, your hunger and appetite increases, causing you to eat more. However, your body will be less able to manage your blood sugar, making weight gain, inflammation, and diabetes more likely.
Here are some tips to help you achieve a good night’s sleep:
Maintain a Regular Bedtime and Wake Schedule
Go to bed each night at the same time, and wake up each morning at the same time—including the weekends. Having a regular sleep schedule will help you get a better night’s rest. Try setting your bedtime for 10 PM, or about nine hours before you have to wake up; this is when melatonin levels are optimal for sleep.
Unwind Before Bed
Use the hour before you hit the hay to do less stimulating activities. Turn off the TV and any other electronic devices (like iPads and phones). Choose activities that help you to relax; read a book, take a bubble bath, or do some yoga.
Track Your Sleep
Use an app to track your sleep and help you to identify wakefulness and sleep effectiveness. This will help you to address any sleep issues that the app identifies.
Lower the Lights
Lights stimulate hormones that wake you up. Be sure to keep your bedroom completely dark, as well as cool, clean, and quiet.
Sleep On a Comfortable Mattress
Of course, to get a good night’s sleep, you have to have the right mattress.Of course, to get a good night’s sleep, you have to have the right mattress. At Shifman, we offer a wide array of luxury mattresses that vary in price point, comfort, and firmness levels. Our luxury mattresses are handmade with two-sided construction, so they last longer than the standard one-sided mattress because they can be flipped over time—offering the same level of comfort on each side.
To learn more about our luxury mattress collections that can help you get a better night’s sleep and thus promote overall wellness and weight loss, locate a Shifman dealer near you.