5 ways to shed some extra pounds while you sleep

A good night's sleep can aid you in losing weight. Read on to find out more

Entertainment Desk October 07, 2020

Let’s be real. Many of us have tried countless ways to shed some extra pounds; from hitting the gym to watching our calorific intake, we seem to have done it all. And it’s definitely not an easy task!

But, did you know that it’s possible to lose some weight while you sleep? Yes, you can shed off those gains while you’re in deep sleep! A sound sleep may just be associated with weight loss, and apparently, people who sleep well are less at risk of obesity. But how do we make sure we’re getting the perfect sleep to aide in weight loss?

Read on to find out five ways you can ensure deep sleep, as compiled from Pinkvilla, to help you out in your quest!

Drink a cup of tea

Tea has long been a staple for our mornings, however, certain teas are even better at night! Teas like chamomile, peppermint, lavender, and valerian have sedative properties, which means they help in relaxing the brain so that it can slow down, therefore aiding in better sleep.

A glass of protein shake

You must be wondering how good can this be at night… we understand, but trust us; having a glass of protein shake before going to bed can boost your metabolism. On top of that, your body burns more calories while digesting protein! Just make sure you opt for a vegan alternative to avoid bloating while you sleep.

Breathing exercises and meditation

Breathing exercises can help immensely to relax your body and get it ready for a more sound sleep. Meditation also calms your mind. Making sure to unwind and indulge in these two can guarantee you better sleep.

Portion control before bed

You’ve probably heard the saying, ‘Have breakfast like a king, and eat dinner like a beggar’. There’s much truth to it because having a small dinner means a better night’s sleep. A big meal means your body has to work harder during the night leading to an uneasy sleep, so make sure you control your dinner portions and have it at least two hours before hitting the bed!

Seafood and meat before bed

Coupled with portion control at dinner, you should aim to have meats like lamb, turkey, chicken, or fish. They contain tryptophan which carries powerful sleep-inducing effects that help you to have a sound sleep at night.

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