If you’re planning to lose weight in the new year but you haven’t got your sleep sorted you’re starting with a serious disadvantage.
At least that’s my experience. If I don’t sleep my self control when it comes to food is wrecked. I just can’t stop feeling hungry.
We need to be getting 7.5 hours of good sleep. If it’s not restful or it’s a shorter night, then the metabolism is slower and, chemically, you’ll feel hungrier – two great ingredients for a failed diet. And, when you think about it, the fact that you’re tired is also less likely to motivate you to get any exercise done.
So, sort your sleep out first.
A good night’s sleep increases the amount of leptin hormone in your body – which tells you when to stop eating. Less sleep means more of the ghrelin hormone which tells you to eat more! It’s a vicious circle, bad sleep = lack of energy = eating more carbs = lethargy = no exercise = restless sleep.
It’s a good idea to learn some good sleeping habits.
To help regulate your sleep (especially of you know you’re about to have a bad night) you may want to try a herbal sleeping aid.
These come in two strengths:
a lighter version such as Kalms Sleep which will help you get a good rest during sleep (1 tablet = 45mg of valerian)
a stronger variety like Kalms Night for the occasional night when you can’t sleep (1 tablet = 500mg of valerian)
(Kalms do also make a new formula Day version for the relief of stress and anxiety for you herbal fans out there.)
The use of natural ingredients such as hops, passion flower, valerian and lettuce makes a lot of sense to me – these are traditional ingredients well known for their ability to induce sleep and are used by a lot of other herbal companies. If by helping me sleep better it means they also help contribute to weight loss in the long run then that’s no bad thing.