In this short article I’m going to share with you a surprising thing that may be causing you to lose your battle against sugar.
We can all remember a time when we had a crappy sleep or maybe your sleep is always crappy?
Research shows that one poor night of sleep of 4-5 hours will send your junk food cravings into overdrive. You are likely to consume over 550 more calories the next day and you will be 2 to 3 times more likely to skip a workout. What’s more is that 5 days in a row of sleep deprivation can actually lower the amount of calories you burn at rest.
So if you are someone who regularly gets less than 8 hours of unbroken sleep then this is a big deal.
Say in one year on average you have two poor sleeps each week. That is a total of 104 poor sleeps. This could mean you end up consuming an extra 57,000 calories which is about 104 Big Macs or 2,478 marshmallows, and you will skip 50-70 workouts. I hope that provides some prospective.
So could it be time to start making sleep your best friend rather than an optional extra in your life?
Here are 5 tips to get you started on getting better quality sleep and to win the battle against sugar cravings and growing waistlines more often.
- Reduce your screen time at night. Two hours before bed is optimal
- Reduce exposure to social media, video games and emails at night.
- Absolutely reduce caffeine. Aim for no caffeine after 12pm.
- Reduce alcohol consumption.
- Start being more grateful. Writing down 3 things you are grateful for before bed tunes your mind into focusing on the positives of the day rather than reliving the negative issues that are likely disrupting your sleep.
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