Thanks (or no thanks) to always-on connections and ever-increasing demands in a world that calls for instant gratification, most of us feel like we no longer have the time in our days to take naps. Tight deadlines on work or exhaustive days laboring and problem-solving leave us lethargic, but we still don’t get enough sleep on average to allow our bodies to repair.
Without adequate brain power and a fully functioning body, the processes that help engage weight loss can’t gain the momentum they need. We’re compromising the potential of diet, exercise, and medical supervision to help keep us fit. The answer is napping; by making a nap a part of your day, you can jumpstart positive decision-making, allow your body to build and repair, and stick to your diet plan in a more disciplined way.
Nap for Better Decision-Making
Lack of adequate sleep dulls the brain’s frontal lobe, which carries the responsibility of making informed decisions and controlling your impulses. To make things worse, your brain’s reward center starts to light up when you’re extra tired – it craves something to counteract the negative feeling of sleepiness. Coupled with poor impulse control, you tend to deviate from your diet plan more often as you lose more sleep.
Overtired individuals like to resort to late night snacking that affects both cardiovascular health and overall fat storage. Because your body slows its metabolism as you sleep to help carry you through until morning, those extra calories, especially when they are carb-heavy, turn quickly into fat. Late night snacks also often have more sugar than other snacks, and refined sugars tend to be stored as fat, as well.
Counteract bad decision-making with an afternoon nap – as long as you keep it short (30 minutes or so), you’ll be more alert for the afternoon and your body will fall into a more natural sleep schedule at night.
Nap for Less Sugar (and Caffeine)
It’s not just late-night snacking that’s the culprit for over consumption of sugar – most of us also enjoy caffeinated beverages daily, and the majority of those beverages are made more palatable by milk, cream, sugar, or any combination of sweet and creamy ingredients. When we use caffeine to combat a lack of sleep, we’re more inclined to drink larger amounts of sweetened beverages throughout the day.
Both milk and refined sugars contribute to weight gain because the body sees them as readily available energy sources. Storing them as fat is a natural way to ensure survival – but we don’t fight for survival anymore. What we do fight for is sleep, and you should fight to work a nap into your schedule so that you’re less eager to drink sugared, caffeinated beverages in large amounts.
Nap for More Robust Weight Loss Results
Napping is about more than just waking up your brain, though – any time you reach deep stages of sleep, your body begins to repair itself. It rebuilds tissue and takes out the waste, which are exactly the processes you want to keep working efficiently to build a leaner body.
To get the most out of your weight loss efforts, including supervised medication, diet, and exercise, you need to get the sleep your body demands. If you find you’re tired throughout most days, integrate napping into your routine to ensure that your body is responding optimally to your input. As a bonus, you’ll recover faster from workouts as well, which will allow you to push even harder every time you exercise.
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