Make A Sleep Plan To Help You Lose Weight

Make A Sleep Plan To Help You Lose Weight

Making a commitment to losing weight usually involves making a serious commitment to change your lifestyle permanently. Most of us immediately tackle diet and exercise, but there’s another area often overlooked that many of us need to adjust to live healthier lives: sleep.

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We’ve discussed before how you can lose weight by sleeping more, but Diets In Review points out that one of the most important habits you’ll have to give up if you want to lose weight or just be healthier overall is to sacrifice sleep whenever you’re busy. Sleeping less inevitably leads to increased appetite, stress, and general fatigue, which will definitely keep you from paying attention to what you eat or getting out in the afternoon for a jog or hike.

They propose putting together a sleep plan and sticking to it to help reduce stress and keep yourself energised. Setting a wake time that gives you enough time to get ready and off to your destination on any given day is the first step. Then, count back from your wake time to the amount of sleep you want to get, and build a routine around that bedtime that includes winding down, light reading, or prepping clothes or lunch for the following day.

How do you make sure you get enough sleep on a nightly basis? Do you have a routine, or do you just crash whenever you can? Share your tips in the comments.

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  • Do yoga at lunch time or walk half hour home from the train station, No coffee after 2pm, no bright lights after 8:30pm, shower before bed, camomile tea less than an hour before bed.

    I have a routine which helps me settle and puts me in a sleep mindset: camomile tea, brush teeth/other bathroom-related stuff, bed.

  • I try to sleep at around 10:30pm; but a lot of the time I go over. It is ‘hard’ to control myself thanks to the internet and the ’24-hr cycle’ that it involves (i.e., if people around you are asleep, there is still bound to be people online who are still awake from different time-zones).

    I do get a good, long and peaceful walk on Saturdays though walking across the SHB to the Opera House, then round to the Art Gallery, then Hyde Park into the city and back.
    As well as exercise 3+ times a week where I just do crunches, weights/etc.

    However, sleeping patterns are really a problem for me. I find there is just so much to do and just don’t want to sleep.

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