Ladies: How To Get Abs…While You Sleep

ThinkstockPhotos-450539873If you want to wake up more fit than you did when you went to bed, here’s three tips to get your body and abs, moving while you’re getting some z’s.

Tip #1 – Make sleeping 7-8 hours a night a priority
Your sleep cannot be an afterthought in getting six pack abs. It’s critically important, and getting enough sleep needs to be one of your major exercise goals. Consistently getting enough sleep is just as important as consistently working out, or consistently eating right.
This is one of the big differences between guys who have a six pack and guys who don’t. Guys who have six pack abs treat their sleep seriously, while guys who don’t have a six pack neglect it then get frustrated when they don’t get the results they want.

Tip #2 – Reduce caffeine intake, especially after 6 PM
If you’re having difficulty falling asleep when you go to bed now, it may be because of caffeine. Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system, and makes it more difficult for you to get deep and restful sleep. Caffeine can be found in more than just coffee.  Check the other beverages you drink and even the food you eat for caffeine. You’d be surprised what it’s hiding in.
Caffeine can really hurt you if you are consuming more than two cups of coffee or two energy drinks per day. At this point, you are consuming enough to seriously interfere with your sleep.
Also, avoid consuming caffeine after 6 PM. Drinking caffeine this close to your bedtime will prevent you from getting sleepy, and disrupt your bedtime rhythm.

Tip #3 – Don’t drink fluids 45 minutes before bed
You should also avoid drinking even non-alcoholic fluids 45 minutes before bed. This is because if you drink too much before bed, you may have to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Waking up during the night like this significantly decreases the QUALITY of your sleep.
This is because of the “phases” we go through when we sleep. We first go through four phases of what’s called NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep. Then we go into deeper, REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.
We cycle through these phases 3-6 times a night, when uninterrupted.
But when you wake up in the middle of the night, your body has to start the phases again from scratch. It can take you up to two hours to achieve deep sleep again once you wake up. This means that if you wake up during the middle of the night, you’re getting significantly less deep REM sleep.
To preserve the quality of your sleep and to make sure you’re getting the most out of it, avoid waking up during the middle of the night if at all possible.