Insomnia can make you fat.
Sleep influences every aspect of your health, from weight loss to digestion and detoxification. So, if you have trouble sleeping or suffer from insomnia, you need to make these 12 lifestyle changes right now.
Posted 11 months ago in Entertainment, updated 11 months ago.
One of the biggest casualties of a hectic lifestyle is usually your sleep. While you may stick to eating superfoods, or doing some form of exercise regularly, you often sleep less on busy days, or stay up nights battling stress and anxiety.
But by sleeping less, you are harming your health in more ways than one. “Sleep is a biological process driven by hormones and plays a crucial role in the maintenance of a healthy body,” says Dr Deepti Bagree, head of department-Healthcare, Reset- Holistic Living Concepts.
Why you need to sleep
The health benefits of sleep depend on its quality and quantity. A good night’s sleep helps you detoxify. “When you are asleep, each organ undergoes detoxification. In the morning, when you wake up, you will find urine to be dark yellow (from kidney detoxification) and there is often an urge to pass stools (indicating colon detox). There is also mucous and cough, all of which indicates a cleanse,” says Dr Bagree.
Research also shows that individuals who sleep adequately, live longer and lead a better quality of life than those who are sleep-deprived. Sleep also reduces inflammation as a lot of maintenance work in the body happens during that time.
And if you trying to lose weight, sleep is a must. “Sleep improves digestion, and helps maintain organs responsible for various functions. This maintains equilibrium in the body, and helps you retain a healthy body weight. In fact, the hormones that are responsible for making one fall asleep are also the ones that control appetite, and any sleep disorder will also lead to greater appetite leading to weight gain,” said Dr Bagree.
Tips to help you sleep well at night
* Sleep is a hormonally controlled process. The hormone responsible for it is melatonin and many foods helps in the natural secretion of it. So, add cherries, chamomile tea, kiwis, organic milk, almond and walnuts to your diet.
* The sleep hormone is photosensitive, which means that when light hits the eyes, the secretion of hormones drops. So going off gadgets emitting blue light will help you fall asleep.
* Taking a warm water shower 30 minutes before bedtime soothes the nerves and relaxes sore muscles, which can help you fall asleep.
* Stress is driven by hormones and can affect your sleep. So, reducing stress can improve your sleep. Practice meditation and deep breathing.
* Having coffee in the evening can affect sleep as it increases the heart rate and keeps you awake. However, you can take chamomile tea 30 minutes before going to bed.
* Have certain bedtime rituals. Sleeping and waking up at fixed hours helps maintain the quality of sleep. Any changes in the pattern affects your sleep.
* Opt for a light dinner. Going to bed on a full stomach can lead to acid reflux and flatulence.