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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Yes, You Can Sleep and Get in Shape at the Same Time -- Here's 3 Ways!

Woman sleeping and getting fit

Is this possible, to improve your fitness while you are sleeping? It sounds crazy, but it's true. It all has to do with understanding the importance of sleep and what happens to your body during sleep.

The affect of sleep on your body

Sleep is the time your body needs every night to restore itself and heal. Among other things, sleep helps build up your immune system, repair cells, improve brain function, and yes, it actually decreases the risk of obesity. So, if you want to help your body stay fit, do these 3 things associated with sleep.

#1 - Get plenty of sleep: most people don't understand how important it is to get enough hours of sleep each night. Doctors recommend 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Sleep deprivation, or not getting enough sleep at night, can harm your overall health in many ways and is just as important as eating healthy and exercising.

#2 - Don't overstimulate your nervous system before bedtime: what you don't want to do is anything that will interfere with your having a good night's sleep. So, watch what you eat and drink, especially caffeine, shortly before bedtime. Drinks like coffee, expresso, and green tea, spices like cayenne, and coconut oil are natural stimulants that should be eaten well in advance before bedtime.

#3 - Watch the fluids: the most important part of sleep is the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase, which occurs about 90 minutes after you fall asleep. This is the deep phase of sleep during which you dream. It can last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. It is important not to interrupt this phase, even if you have to get up to urinate. Why? The body goes through sleep phases, beginning with non-REM phases that range from light to deep, followed by REM. If you interrupt the pattern by waking up, your body has to start the process all over again, making it more difficult for the body to get the full health benefits of a full night's sleep. So don't drink too much water before going to bed!

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