Want to reach your weight loss goals fast? Just hit the sack

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Sound sleep can help you shed those extra kilos. Yes, you read it right. Here, we tell you how your sleep time contributes to your weight loss goals.

Whenever you hear the term weight loss, what comes to your mind first? ‘Exercise’, ‘healthy diet’, right? But, do you know that there is something else also that falls in this list? Sleep, it is. Surprised? Well, don’t be. There are various studies that back our statement. Regular sleep is one of the most efficient ways to lose weight. Don’t you think this is the perfect way to attain your weight loss goals?

Everybody knows that sleep deprivation can affect health. But, very few people are aware that it can affect their weight loss goal as well. According to a study published in the journal Sleep, getting just four to five hours of sleep in a day can eventually lead to obesity.

While you are sleeping, your body releases growth hormones to repair itself. These hormones also stimulate the muscles, help in breakdown of fats, and assist in protein synthesis. But if you don’t sleep enough, your body is unable to function properly and its ability to release growth hormones is suppressed. Therefore, adults should ideally sleep for around seven to nine hours every night, says the National Sleep Foundation. There are certain ways to improve your sleep habits. You can reduce exposure to blue light at night before going to bed, avoid drinking alcohol and smoking, decrease your room temperature, avoid late nigh dinners, etc. These small changes and adjustments in your daily routine can give you a good night’s sleep.

What exactly do you need to focus on while trying to lose weight? Control your cravings, exercise regularly, avoid over exertion, reduce cholesterol levels, so on and so forth. Well, just getting enough shut-eye time can help you do all these things quite effectively. But unfortunately, 31 per cent Indians sleep for less than 7 hours a day, says a sleep survey named Great Indian Sleep Scorecard 2018.

While this study is good enough an indicator that we need to change our bedtime practices, we tell you how your snooze time fuels your weight-loss goals.

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