Prepare Now for the Spring Forward Tonight: Easy Tips for Feeling Better and to Help Your Weight Loss
Tonight, much of the U.S. will “spring forward” when Daylight Savings Time begins, technically at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. But how can you get ready, and how might losing that hour of sleep affect weight loss if you are not prepared?
Tip #1: Go to bed a little early tonight. Ideally, you should gradually go to bed a little earlier each day for a few days before the time change; but, it’s not too late to get a jump on springing forward! Rather than have a whole hour
taken from you Sunday morning, get to bed 30 minutes earlier tonight–or earlier if you can–so that you’ll be at least halfway there.
Tip #2: Take a short early Sunday afternoon nap. This will make up for that lost time, and you’ll feel more rested the next day.
Tip #3: Get 30 minutes of light exercise during the day. Even taking care of that chore you’ve been putting off–as long as it involves a little physical activity–may help improve your sleep.
Tip #4: Easy on the caffeine! Coffee, tea, chocolate and many soft drinks contain caffeine, so cut it off 4-6 hours before bed. Even some pain relievers have caffeine, so try either a non-caffeinated pain reliever instead. Better
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Tip #5: Eat lightly tonight. Nighttime is not a good time for anyone to eat, but if you desire, avoid fattening foods that cause weight gain and foods that are hard to digest that could keep you from getting a good night’s sleep. If you eat carbs, try blocking some of the conversion of those carbs to glucose with Plexus Block. Whenever you intake carbohydrates, they are far too quickly converted to glucose in our bodies. Block will help keep that big evening meal from winding up on your body as fat!
As well as the advantage of being better prepared for Daylight Saving Time, the additional sleep can actually help you with your weight loss goals. How? There’s actually scientific evidence that lack of sleep can cause people to gain weight for various reasons. For one thing, a tired brain increases one’s desire for foods that are high in carbs. These carbs turn into blood sugar, which the body naturally stores as fat. Another study shows that getting less than the average amount of sleep (7-9 hours) impacts hormones that control feelings of hunger and fullness. The hormone ghrelin, tells the brain that you need to eat, less sleep causes an increase in this hormone leading you to the fridge–and possible weight gain. Leptin is another hormone with the opposite effect, and lack of sleep causes a decrease in leptin levels leading to–you guessed it–eating more. It’s also noteworthy that lack of sleep increases the “stress hormone” cortisol, which has the purpose of saving your “fuel” (calories)–in fat–as a means of energy storage to help you the next day. The trouble is, you aren’t necessarily preparing for a stressful fight the next day, so all that happens is you store the calories as fat and the pounds stay on you! One controlled study, in which subjects reduced their sleep time for a period of 2 weeks, found that they burned less fat, 55% less, than they did with their regular amount of sleep. This is because their insulin-processing ability decreased. Insulin also
converts sugars and starches into energy, but lack of sleep wears on its effectiveness, again causing the blood sugar to convert to fat.
With this in mind, it’s no wonder why sleep–like drinking water–is such an important yet basic need. Don’t neglect your body this weekend due to the lost hour. Keep on losing weight and feeling healthier by tending to your basic needs!