Although there has yet to be any actual product, pill, or technique that will actually allow you to lose all of your excess weight just by sleeping, there are some ways for you to boost your metabolism so that you’ll burn off a larger number of calories throughout those peaceful unconscious hours, making your overall weight loss efforts faster and easier.
Research About Being Able to Burn Calories During Sleep
According to a study that was recently conducted by the National Institute of Health Clinical Center, there are some simple ways to make sure that you’re burning a maximum number of calories during your sleep, which is certainly welcome news to dieters. What they found was that turning your thermostat down while you sleep can help to keep your metabolism running higher.
Within this study, there were 31 healthy participants. They were required to sleep in a room that was either 75 degrees or 66 degrees. What the researchers discovered was that the sleepers in the colder temperatures burned over 7 percent more calories during their sleep than the ones who were in the warmer temperatures. It is believed that this was the case because the body is required to work a little bit harder in order to keep the core body temperature at the stable 98.6 degrees. This, according to the author of the study, Francesco Saverio Celi, MD, MHSc, from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease.
How Can You Boost Your Metabolism While Sleeping?
If you were to apply these study results to your own weight loss efforts, it would suggest that if you lowered your thermostat to 66 degrees at night before you go to bed, you could burn an additional 100 calories throughout that full night of rest. Though this may not sound as though it is very much, it could potentially add up over time. Furthermore, it could be a nice compliment to the other efforts that you are making, such as eating a reduced number of calories every day and exercising more to burn them off at a higher level.
What was not determined by the study is whether the extra calorie burning during the night would cause the body to have other reactions to compensate for the additional energy use. Celi said that it could mean that a person may end up being hungrier or less driven to be active during waking hours, though this was not investigated within the study.
But if you are trying to lose weight, it couldn’t hurt to drop the temperature in your bedroom just a little bit to help your calorie burning while you sleep. Don’t wear your warmest pajamas or add additional blankets to your bed because you’ll lose the effect of the cold air by warming yourself up!
Remember to keep in mind that it may not be as easy as you think to replicate those study results. Yes, you will need to turn your thermostat down by a few degrees. However, it also means that you’ll need to sleep without a blanket. After all, if you’re keeping toasty and protecting yourself from the plummeting mercury in your home, then you’re also creating a barrier between you and the benefits of sleeping in the cold.
What Else Helps You Burn Calories While You Sleep?
Other factors to keep in mind while you try to burn more calories during your sleep includes the quality of the rest you’re getting. Not only does a good, solid night of sleep help you to keep up a better metabolism, but it also helps you to keep better control over your weight during the daytime.
When your sleep habits aren’t great, your hormone balance shifts. This can be damaging to your weight control on many different fronts. This includes raising your risk of food cravings (particularly for sweet and fatty foods), while reducing your energy levels. Low energy can make it more difficult for you to keep up your workouts and make it more challenging to stay focused on making the right decisions for your weight management.
After all, when you feel exhausted, the last thing you want to do is a workout followed by a home cooked meal that calls for a certain amount of prep and cooking time. You want to skip the workout and heat up something instant (or order delivery to the house) so you can relax and feel comfortable.
Making a priority of regular restful sleep can help to restore balance to your hormone production. This will help you to keep your appetite and energy levels under control so you can use the quality of your sleep to support the weight loss efforts you’re making during your waking hours. After all, it’s not just about being able to burn calories in your sleep or while you’re awake. You need to get the most out of both times.