The other thing about not getting enough sleep is that it can increase your cortisol levels. And cortisol is one of the worst things to have when you are trying to lose weight. Cortisol is linked to insulin resistance, which is almost always connected with weight gain.
Guidelines recommend that you get 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night, but again, that’s a very personal thing.
If you have trouble falling asleep, then you might want to think about rearranging your activities a bit, for example:
- Exercise in the morning or afternoon
- Avoid late night screen time
- Eat lots of green leafy vegetables, modest protein and olive oil. Stop 3-4 hours before bedtime.
- Sleep in a cool, dark room
- Practice box breathing or do sleep meditation
- Reduce or remove caffeine, alcohol and nicotine from your lifestyle.
- Drink Ashwagandha tea in the evening to relive stress
If you’re having trouble getting enough restorative sleep, will you try these tips?
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Sleep is the best thing that you can give yourself. The thing is, that not getting enough sleep can cause havoc with your metabolism. Sleep helps to normalize glucose levels. And it also restores your energy levels for a busy day. Sleep is also when the body performs its maintenance to remove dead cells, restore tissues and form memories. If these functions are not carried out, then your body and brain suffers.