It seems unreal when someone says that you can shed a few pounds in your sleep. No matter how much we workout, sometimes our lifestyle and diet makes it hard for us to shed those extra kilos. But, losing weight is actually not the monster it is made out to be. You just have to discipline yourself, and soon your metabolism will hike up, and losing weight could become easy. Follow these five hacks to lose weight in your sleep.
Sleep in complete darkness
If you get a lot of outdoor lights, consider blackout curtains in your bedroom. Keep your phone away, and make sure to turn off the TV. When you're in complete darkness, your body produces the hormone melatonin which not only makes you feel sleepy, but can aid in the production of calorie-burning brown fat.
Have a cup of green tea
We are not talking about your favourite masala chai, which is loaded with milk and sugar. Instead, have a cup of green tea or chamomile tea. It has antioxidants and relaxing agents to calm your nerves. It also helps you fall asleep faster, while working on reducing the fat around your belly.
Inhale and exhale through the nose
You know our breathing is all warped right? Ideally, we are supposed to breathe in through our nose and breathe out from our mouth but we forget to do so. Apart from putting a stop to your snoring, this will help increase the oxygen intake in your body to help you calm your nerves. You need to feel rested to drop weight healthily.
Sleep in a cold room
It is said that turning on air conditioner, or turning down the heat in winter may help us burn belly fat while we sleep. Colder temperatures subtly enhance the effectiveness of calorie-burning brown fat in the body.
Drink warm milk before bed
There is a reason our mothers forced us to have milk every single night. Milk contains a type of protein called casein micelle which helps to build and sustain lean muscle. It will also boost your metabolism, which means you will end up burning more calories every single day. Another great thing about drinking milk before bed is that it will keep you full until it's time for breakfast.