Well, one change that may help is simply getting more…sleep.
A lack of sleep can give your body a one-two punch:
More eating: Some research has shown that a lack of adequate sleep may cause you to eat more high calorie, high carb, and/ or high fat foods the following day. Those who consistently get an inadequate amount of sleep have been shown to consume 300 calories per day more than those who get 7-8 hours of sleep.
Less lean muscle mass: Muscle plays an important role in burning calories. The pituitary gland , located at the base of the brain, produces growth hormone needed for muscle mass. The production of this hormone mostly occurs during sleep. If you are not getting adequate sleep, your body isn’t producing the optimal amount of growth hormone. This can lead to less than optimal muscle mass. The lack of muscle mass can effect your body’s ability to burn calories.
So, to assist in getting more high quality sleep, sleep like a vampire! Whether “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, “The Lost Boys”, “True Blood”, or “Blacula”, they all:
. Sleep in the dark: Your room should be completely dark. Curtains should be drawn shut. TVs, cell phones, laptops should be shut off to reduce the amount of light ( and sounds) in the room. The light from an analog clock could also disrupt your sleep. I’ve gone back to using the traditional alarm clock to reduce the amount of light in the room during sleep. The glow from TVs, cell phones, laptops, analog clocks and other similar items can disrupt melatonin, a hormone that helps control your sleep and wake cycles.