If you’re a little heavier than you’d like to be, you’re probably pointing to a bad diet or lack of exercise as the culprit. But there’s another aspect that is often overlooked when it comes to weight gain: sleep. Did you know that the position that you sleep in can have an effect on your body composition? Continue reading to find the best lose weight sleeping position.
Best Sleeping Position For Losing Weight
First, let’s get into all the reasons why sleeping is good for you, beyond just weight loss. There is a very strong connection between sleep quality and overall health, as well as different positions to best get those health benefits.
If you want to relieve indigestion, for instance, it is best to sleep facing downward in a prone position.
You can elevate your head and sleep on your left side if you want to help with heartburn.
If you want to increase blood flow, the left side is good for that as well.
Do you have issues with snoring? (Maybe we should ask your partner this question). Sleeping on your stomach or the fetal position instead of your back to open up your airway.
Given all that – what is the best position for losing weight? Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” answer to that, as it is pretty subjective and varies from person to person. The best answer is whatever position gives you the most comfortable sleep. Whatever orientation gives you the deepest, best night of rest, go with that.
Why do I say that? Because getting quality sleep is the best way to get the total health benefits that sleep brings. Sleep is such an important aspect of recovery for the body, recharging the batteries, and normalizing all your functions. We wrote elsewhere on this site how lack of sleep leads to weight gain. So rather than focus on what position to sleep in, find the position that leaves you feeling the most rested upon waking up.
However, one thing you can do to burn more fat while you sleep is taking a supplement like Lean PM Nighttime Fat Burner.
Other Sleep Tips for Weight Loss
Aside from getting in the most comfortable position, there are a number of things that you can do to ensure that you are getting a good night’s rest. Follow these habits to put you into a deep slumber:
- Turn off your electronics: The bright lights from all those screens (whether it be your phone, tv, or tablet) can strain your eyes, make it tougher to fall asleep, and disrupt your sleep cycle.
- Create a good environment: Unless you’re a night shift worker, our bodies are programmed to follow the sun pattern (called the Circadian Rhythm). When it’s dark, it’s time to sleep. Prepare your bedroom for nighttime by closing the blinds, turning off the lights, and having a comfortable bed.
- Stay on schedule: It only takes one day to ruin your sleep schedule. Staying up too late, waking up early, or sleeping in can all have an effect. Try to keep your bedtime and wake time the same every day. It will not only help you fall asleep and wake up easier, it also leads to deeper sleep.
- Avoid caffeine: This goes without saying, but avoid caffeinated beverages before bedtime if you’re wanting to sleep well.