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Are you struggling with excess weight? Do you have lumps and bumps appearing on your thighs and buttocks? Where physical appearance is a concern, there are plenty of solutions available to address those issues. Most people would turn to an effective slimming package to get themselves back in shape or a cellulite massage to tackle those pesky dimples on the tummy.
But do you also know that getting sufficient and good-quality sleep can help to keep the weight gain at bay? According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, studies show that our bodies burn more fat when we get good quality sleep. When you sleep less, the body burns calories and fat at a slower pace to preserve energy. More fat accumulation can lead to the cause of cellulite.
Now that you understand a little bit more about the importance of sleep quality and quantity, here are some bedtime habits you can incorporate in your nightly routine for a much-needed rest.
Prepare tomorrow’s to-do-list
Take some time to prep for bed. Make a to-do list that you need to get done for tomorrow before you can close out the day. This can help to silence those anxious thoughts and channel them onto paper instead of letting them swirl around in your head. You can put to rest the day’s issues and gradually wind down, allowing you to fall asleep with a calm mind and ready to take on the next day.
Unplug and meditate
Using an electronic device such as a smartphone or laptop can make it hard for you to fall asleep. The type of light that’s emanating from the screens mimics daylight and stimulates you, so you can find it challenging to get deep sleep or remain asleep. If you have trouble sleeping, power down devices at least half an hour before bedtime.
As your body needs time to shift into sleep mode, do a relaxing activity routine instead, such as meditating. It is a great way to purge your mind and let go of the worries of the day. When you unplug and meditate, you can release negative emotions and gain new perspectives, which can bring immediate stress relief and enable you to sleep soundly.
Avoid eating anything before bedtime
It is often recommended to break this common habit of eating within 2-3 hours before sleeping. This will stimulate the body instead of making it relaxed, thus causing sleep disturbances. Eating before bed can also lead to unhealthy habits as consuming a bedtime snack adds extra calories over your required daily intake.
People also often snack at night while watching the TV or working on the laptop so this can easily lead to overeating and weight gain – something you may wish to avoid especially from worsening your cellulite. Opt for a light and healthy snack instead like oatmeal, goji berries, edamame, pistachios and plain yogurt.
Set an alarm for bedtime
People often set the alarm to help them get up in the morning, but practice this for bedtime too. It will serve as a reminder to go to bed earlier – set it at least an hour before your ideal sleeping time so you can wind down and prep for bed on time. Try to aim for at least 7 hours of sleep so you can wake up energized.
Better sleep gives rise to better mornings and well-rested skin, which results in a more rejuvenated look that’s less tired and dull. To further enhance your appearance, Adonis is offering a facial promotion to new customers at just $51.36 (after 7% GST). Get treated to a pampering facial wash using state-of-the-art technique which infuses highly-concentrated oxygen molecules into the epidermis layer and delivers essential nutrients and minerals to the skin.