Sleep Your Way to Ketosis
Put Sleep First.
When you are planning your day, your meals, and all the things you must do, make sleep a high priority. It is as important as anything else you are planning.
Sleep is one the most thoroughly studied health benefits. Getting enough sleep is absolutely necessary for health.
Poor sleep or missing sleep will increase stress hormone levels. If you are 20 years old, you can get away with it a little bit. But, as we age, our body has less reserves and lower ability to recover.
When you go without proper sleep for any period of time, your body starts burning reserve energy and messing up your hormonal balance. The miraculous human body has ways of covering for you, but only up to a point.
Stress hormones can prevent you from entering ketosis, or fat burning mode. Why would we do things that make it harder to lose weight, when the fix is so easy.
Some tips for matching your sleep and keto together.
- A steady sleep schedule. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every night. Obviously, everyone can’t do this because of work, family, or whatever. But most people can do this by making a plan and sticking to it. Your body works best by habit patterns. If you get in the habit of sleeping on a schedule, it will reduce all kinds of stress on you physically and mentally.
- Keep the room totally dark. The forehead is actually light sensitive. If there are lights on, the brain doesn’t turn completely off, as it is fooled into thinking there is daylight.
- Keep the room cool, then cover up. I know some people (like my wife), hate cold. This is usually because of thyroid issues, but that’s another topic. But people do sleep better in cool than in heat.
- This is a big one. Don’t eat within 4 to 6 hours of going to bed. If your body is digesting food, it is not resting. You will not sleep well, and you will not be mentally sharp the next day if you eat before bed.
It is one of the causes of waking up and not being able to go back to sleep. Even if you sleep through the night, you won’t feel right all day.
Sleep on an empty stomach, and you will notice huge benefits right away.
If you have trouble falling asleep, there can be many reasons for that also.
There’s an ancient yoga technique that might surprise you. Lay on your right side. The left nostril will be on the top side, the right nostril will be on the pillow. This position makes the left nostril open more than the right.
Breathing through the left nostril cools and calms the body. To increase the effect, lay your right hand on the pillow under your head and use your thumb to close the right nostril. Take 26 long, slow deep breaths, in and out, through the left nostril. You will be relaxing in no time.
You can also take Melatonin if you want some extra help. Take it about 30 to 60 mins before bedtime.
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