Weight and sleep have a direct relationship with one another. Worse still, it’s reciprocal. Being overweight can make it a lot harder to stay asleep at night, just as losing sleep can cause a hormonal imbalance that ruins your metabolism and causes you to gain weight faster depending on what you eat. However, sleep quality is dictated by much more than just weight and we’re going to take the time to look what else really dictates it and what you can do to win your sleep back.
Let’s talk about the role that the physical act of lying in bed has on sleeping, first of all. There are several environmental factors that can play into insomnia worth considering. Noise is a big one. Taking steps to soundproof the room and even to produce your own background white noise can help.
Most important of all, of course, is the bed itself. Choosing a bed that’s best for a good sleep is all about finding a balance of support and softness, and often hybrid beds or memory foam beds help those who have difficulty with sleeping at night. High-quality cotton or linen sheets are much better for keeping your comfortable than synthetic materials that have very little breathability.
Going to bed in a bad mood is never going to work out, either. Stress actively gets in the way of sleep and keeps you up at night with a distracted mind. That lack of sleep then goes on to cause stress and so the cycle repeats itself.
The best way to make sure you get in the right “mood” to fall asleep is to create a nighttime routine that involves winding down and taking the time to relax. Meditation and journal writing are two great methods of giving yourself some distance from the very real issues of life, putting them out of mind. Exercise is always a good option too, helping to not only take your focus off your stresses but releasing endorphins that better help you relax. The more relaxed you are, the easier it is to drift off.
Digital technology plays a huge role in our lives. We spend more and more of our day in front of electronic screens, whether it’s the TV, the cellphone, the tablet, the computer screen or otherwise. You can learn about Internet Use, Obesity, Poor Health, and Sitting Disease in our article. For now suffice it to say that while digital technology provides ways to work, earn, relax, and entertain, it is also a mortal enemy of sleep. The blue light that electronic screens produce can cause eye strain, that makes it a lot more uncomfortable at night. But it is also known to keep the mind much more alert and to even contribute to stress. If you want to sleep, make sure that you limit or even entirely disallow electronic screen use at night.
Get a good night’s sleep
There are a lot of other factors at play, and plenty more tips you can find online about improving your sleep quality. However, if you’re aiming to control your weight or even to tackle your general physical and mental health, you have to tackle your sleep, too.
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