Good Sleep Helps Curb Cravings
We’ve all been there: tossing and turning late at night, only to get up and have a late night snack. Too often the snacks we choose to indulge in are high in fat, preservatives, and artificial flavors. These snacks can wreak havoc on our sleep cycle, leaving you up at night even if you own a good foam mattress. Not only that, the long term effects can be dramatic, immune system compromises, cardiovascular disease, and even strokes can occur if this lifestyle is kept up. Unfortunately, it’s often a vicious cycle: we can’t sleep well so we eat, we stay up late, we don’t work well at work because of lack of sleep, then that stress leads us to eat again. It’s hard to know how to break it. Luckily, the NECTAR blog isn’t just about telling you the latest in good foam mattress technology (though we have to say that NECTAR’s quilted gel memory foam is the best on the market), we’ve got tips on how to break that cycle. So here is some quality advice from leading sleep professionals that should have you living your best life before you know it.
De-Stress for Relief
So often sleep disorders and overeating come from the same place: stress. While it’s natural (and not always a bad thing) to experience stress at work, there are things you can do to de-escalate the situation and get yourself in the right frame of mind to leave it at the office. Try doing some meditation toward the end of the work day. Even just ten minutes a day can have a great centering outcome on your mind, leaving you feeling more productive and happier. It’s also to important to remember to leave work at the office. Try turning off your cell phone before hopping onto a good foam mattress at the end of the night. If that isn’t an option, remember to give yourself at least an hour or two of laptop/cell/tv free time as you wind down for the evening. That will give your body plenty of time to buffer and relax before your head actually hits the pillow. That wind down can lead to better, less interrupted sleep on a good foam mattress, which in turn can cure late night cravings.
Good Rest is Key
“A key finding (in our research) showed how sleep helps people deal with their stressful eating after work,” says Chu-Hsiang Chang of Michigan State University’s sleep center. “When workers slept better the night before, they tended to eat better even when they experienced stress the next day.” A full night’s sleep actually produces hormones that help curb cravings for fatty and salty snacks — a staple of many midnight snackers’ diets. This means that more time spent on your good foam mattress means less time in front of the fridge. And don’t worry, if you backslide for a day or two, don’t give up! The best part thing to do (as with anything you’re working toward) is to show up and be consistent. It’s ok to have days where you don’t eat well or stay up late, just remember that it’s important to try to make those the exception and not the rule. Another good rule of thumb? Check out NECTAR’s good foam mattresses. They are built with quality, reliability, and with the consumer’s budget in mind. That’s nothing to lose sleep over.