If ever you needed an excuse to get more sleep at night, then what if you could burn fat while sleeping? Yes, it is indeed possible to burn fat while sleeping.
If you make no changes to your diet or your exercise habits, and the only thing you change in your lifestyle is that you get more sleep, studies have shown that you will lose weight while sleeping. And the converse is true as well. Studies have shown that if all other factors remain the same and the only thing you change in your lifestyle is that you get less sleep, you will actually end up gaining weight.
But just exactly how do you burn fat while sleeping? The simplest way to explain how to burn fat while sleeping is to understand how your body’s metabolism works. Your metabolism is what’s responsible for regulating the rate at which food in your body is turned into energy versus stored as fat. Faster metabolism means more food is burned as energy and less is stored as fat. Slower metabolism means more food is stored as fat and less is burned as energy.
The more time you spend sleeping, the more efficiently your body’s metabolism will run. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body’s metabolism will slow down. (Of course, your body’s metabolism slows down when you sleep as compared to when you are awake, to begin with, so these comparisons of fast versus slow metabolism are all relative, within the context of sleep.)
Aside from getting enough sleep, there are things you can do to help you increase the rate at which you burn fat while sleeping:
- Go to sleep on an empty stomach, so that your body isn’t trying to digest food in your sleep, which will end up turning mostly into fat.
- Exercise before you go to bed, so that your body’s metabolism will be elevated just before falling asleep.
These simple tips can make a big difference in how well your body will burn fat while sleeping.