When it comes to losing weight, we all know about counting calories. But if you really want to get results, maybe you should be counting sheep instead.
Getting enough sleep is as important to a healthy lifestyle as diet and exercise. Why? Well for starters, it's easier to make poor choices when you're tired. Don’t believe it? Think about how many times you’ve hit the snooze button instead of the gym because you were short on shut-eye. Or how often you've supersized that sugary coffee drink to help you power through your day after a long night.
On a deeper level, lack of sleep has been shown to increase the levels of ghrelin, the hormone that tells your brain that you want to eat. It also causes a drop in leptin, the hormone that lets your brain know when you’re full. Put these two things together and you have a recipe for overeating. To make matters worse, sleep deprivation causes a spike in cortisol, the stress hormone that tells your body to conserve energy. So now not only are you more likely to overeat, you are also more likely to hang on to fat.
If those aren’t enough reasons to get to bed early, check out this article from furthermore.equinox.com to learn about some pretty amazing things that happen while you snooze (and no we aren’t just talking about the occasional Chris Pratt dream). Everything from your muscles to your memory, and even your complexion gets a boost (hey—they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing). If you have a hard time hitting the hay, check out some of our favorite ways to wind down below. Sweet Dreams!
Take a warm bath with a few drops of lavender essential oil added to the water. We LOVE Enfusia Lavender Bubble Bath and Bath Bombs—and you can find them at most HEB stores.
Slather on Sleepy Lotion from Lush. This stuff has an intoxicating smell and a cult-like following. Although we can’t prove it, we swear it makes us sleep better.
Try a sleep mask. We like these from Feliz Modern.
We are obsessed with the Ionic watch from Fitbit for sleep tracking. Not only does it tell you how many hours you sleep, it tells you how much time you spend in the light, deep and REM stages.
Finally, turn off your electronics about an hour before bedtime, and put your phone in Do Not Disturb mode.