It turns out that not getting your beauty sleep can not only make you cranky – it can also make you fat.
Studies show that having less than eight hours sleep a night heightens the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in your body, which in turn slows down your metabolism.
Thankfully, we have come up with five simple steps that will help shed the pounds even while your sleeping.
We aren’t saying that you can ditch your gym membership any time soon, but these handy tips will help contribute towards a healthy lifestyle.
Here’s how to get beauty sleep that makes a difference…
Freeze your butt (and gut) off
Icy showers not only refresh you after a late night gym session, they also help you burn calories! Just 30 seconds under a freezing shower will activate your body’s brown fat – which, when fired up, melts as much as an extra 400 calories in bed.
Lift weights at night
No, we don’t mean while your sleeping – obviously – but, after work head straight to the dumbbell rack. This can boost your metabolic rate for up to 16 hours. So, you are covered while your sleeping.
It’s time for a protein shake upgrade
Trade your whey for casein – this slow-release protein is gradually digested over 8 hours and keeps your metabolism heightened all night long. Studies also show that casein helps shed an extra 35 calories a day – what’s not to love?
Sleep in a cool room
Research from the National Institutes of Health says that turning down your thermostat to a cool 66 degrees Fahrenheit cuts 7 percent more calories, as your body burns fat to maintain its core temperature.
Green tea works wonders
The flavonoids found in green tea boost your metabolism—and if it’s your third cup of the day, you’ll burn 3.5% more calories overnight, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.