Healthy Sleeping Habits
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Before I got my FitBit, I knew that I required A LOT of sleep, but I never knew why. People would often judge me because I would sleep 10 to 12 hours on average. However, I've learned through FitBit that I am not SLEEPING that much, that's just how long I'm IN BED. I'm actually only getting REM sleep about HALF that time...so, if I sleep 8 hours, I'm actually getting about 4.5 hours of solid, quality sleep.
What does this have to do with weight loss? Plenty. For starters, your sleep pattern can have a serious impact on your metabolism, as your body will reserve its energy if you are not well rested, clinging to those calories instead of burning them up. But even more so, (for me anyway), if I wake up at noon or 1 pm, because I'm still tired then chances are I am NOT getting 3 meals a day, or even more smaller meals - I'm probably eating 2 meals, that are high in calories because I'm starving. This is not conducive to healthy eating habits. And lastly, if I'm just hitting my prime 'awake' time with half the day over already, I'm less likely to to have time/make time for exercise.
Since learning all this, I've made efforts to prepare for bed earlier, limiting my caffeine intake after 3 pm and even doing some meditative Yoga before bed to prepare my body for sleep. As a result, I am sleeping better and therefore, requiring less time in bed. There are also other 'sleep monitoring' devices besides FitBit, if you're interested to learn how much sleep YOU'RE getting. It's worth finding out!
Remember, if your 'machine' is not properly maintained, it can't perform at optimum levels. :)