Sleep is Essential for Healthy Weight Loss

habits of healthy sleep

Sleep is essential for healthy weight loss as well as for mental and physical health. Adequate sleep is also necessary for maintaining a healthy weight. Here’s a simple 3-step process to get you back to better sleep:

1. Find your chronotype. 

Are you a morning lark or a night owl? Your chronotype reflects whether you wake up early and are active and alert in the first part of the day, or prefer to stay up late and are most alert in the evening. Most people aren’t wholly one or the other, but somewhere in between. If most of your sleep occurs at the wrong time of day for your chronotype, it’s harder to get the rest you need.

2. Set a bedtime. 

Whichever chronotype you are, there’s a good chance you have to get up for work in the morning, so in order to set your bedtime you should first decide what time you need to get up. Count eight hours back from that time which is the range of healthy sleep time. That’s when you should be asleep. Your bedtime—the point at which all lights (and other electronic devices) are off—marks the beginning of falling-asleep time.

3. Set your routine. 

What are you doing in that 1-hour time period before your head hits the pillow? In order to set yourself up for a great night’s sleep, structure this twilight hour like you are initiating a sleep sequence. Turn off any bright lights and electronic devices. Take some time in the bathroom to wash your face, floss, and brush your teeth. Then head into some comfy, loose-fitting PJs that don’t overheat you. Keep this routine every night to prepare your mind and body for sleep.

What are you planning to change so you get better sleep?

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