BREATHE THROUGH YOUR NOSE

BREATHE THROUGH YOUR NOSE

Do you really have an accurate read on how much sleep you are or aren’t getting? It’s always best to work from data, even if you’re the one logging the quality and duration of your sleep. Simply list each complete hour you were asleep in bed, and each partial hour (including naps). Then make a note of the events that may have influenced your sleep. Did you exercise that day? Drink a lot of coffee? After two weeks, read through the whole thing, looking for patterns. The results may surprise you—and help you with your weight loss goals.

7 EAT PEPPER
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Scientific studies have shown that one of the most effective ways to burn fat is to eat peppers. Your body continues to burn fat while you sleep as a direct result of including them with your meals. If it works with your palate, include a little with your cottage cheese snack.

8 BREATHE THROUGH YOUR NOSE
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Why? Well, first it will prevent snoring. That will not only improve your sleep but also the sleep of anybody else in earshot. Secondly, it provides more oxygenation, so you can take those deep breaths that help to relax the body. Use Breathe Right strips if you’re stuffy.

9 UNDERSTAND YOUR CIRCADIAN RHYTHM TYPE
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Pay attention to the times you feel and perform at your best, when you naturally wake without an alarm clock, and when you start to feel sleepy in the evenings. Add this info to your sleep diary. This information will tell you about your “chronotype” which will allow you to set healthy sleep goals that work with your natural rhythms. A free online assessment at the Center for Environmental Therapeutics can help you find your type, and provide related advice.

10 PLAN SMALL, STEADY MEALS
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Eating small, nutrient-dense meals frequently throughout the day serves to keep your metabolism ticking, and will ensure your body continues burning fat throughout the night. Furthermore, eating frequently will ensure your appetite is kept in check, which will reduce any cravings you have when you wake.

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