With a good-quality, comfortable bed, not only can you be assured of a good night’s sleep, but getting the right amount of sleep can actually help you to lose weight. We are always being told to eat healthily and exercise frequently to keep those pounds off, but ensuring that we get plenty of rest and quality periods of sleep can also help us lose weight, which will in turn be beneficial for our overall health and well-being.
How can this be true?
It may sound too good to be true, but research has actually shown that those who sleep more do on average weigh less than those who don’t get as much sleep. A study conducted with a group of women demonstrated that regardless of daily activities or the amount of exercise undertaken, those who recorded plenty of restful and good-quality sleep for extended periods had a lower Body Mass Index (BMI). Those women who complained of having trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep and sleeping for shorter periods of time weighed more and had higher BMI readings.
How does sleeping more lead to weight loss?
Investing in a quality bed with plenty of room to spread out can not only provide you with a great night’s sleep, but by improving the quality of sleep will make you increase the amount of time that you spend asleep. Therefore a comfortable bed with a double mattress which promotes long periods of restful sleep can actually help you lose weight in the long run. A bed in which you struggle to find a comfortable position or experience periods of sleep which are fitful will leave you feeling tired and sluggish.
The science behind this theory suggests that a lack of sleep stimulates messages to the brain which signal hunger. Being tired can make us increasingly stressed and irritable and subsequently makes us more likely to reach for a good helping of comfort food. Of course, during these times of stress we are more likely to be drawn to the types of foods which give us an instant energy boost. The foods most likely to satisfy this craving are those which release sugar quickly such as chocolate and biscuits. Eating increased quantities of unhealthy foods such as these will obviously not supplement weight loss. .
How can I make sure I get a good night’s sleep?
If you find it difficult to get to sleep or struggle to stay asleep, then first of all make sure your bed is comfortable. Check that your mattress supports your body in all the right places, and if not, it might be worth investing in a new double or single mattress. Visit a bed superstore for specialist advice and guides on how to find the right bed for you.
In your bedroom, invest in some good-quality bed linen, keep the lights low, noise to a minimum and ensure that the temperature is not too hot or too cold. Creating a calming atmosphere in your bedroom, together with a good bed and comfortable mattress, will help promote longer periods of sleep and ultimately help you to lose weight.