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Sleep Better, Burn More Calories (No Kidding!)

July 07, 2020


 Yes, you burn calories while you sleep - here’s how!

Winter is here, and that means comfort food is the name of the game - soups, stews, pancakes, baked puddings, you name it. It’s no wonder most of us emerge from the frosty season with a little added padding we’d like to shed before stepping out in shorts and summer dresses come springtime. This normally means cutting out excessive calories and spending more time on the treadmill. 

Here’s something you probably didn’t know - you can also up the ante on the way your body burns calories by getting more (and better!) sleep at night! We know, we know, it sounds too good to be true, but the science is 100% valid. Sleeping may seem like a passive state, but your body is actually pretty busy while you snooze. 

Here’s are a few ways your body burns calories while you log some zzz’s: 

  1. REM sleep. During the rapid eye movement (REM) phase of sleep, your brain is very active. This is when we dream and our neurons fire like crazy. To fuel all this action, your body burns glucose, and your heart rate and blood pressure climb as well. All these processes burn calories. 

  2. Cellular repair. One of the most important reasons we need to sleep is to give our bodies time to do the cellular repairs that keep our systems on an even keel. These micro-processes include things like muscle repair. Your body taps into your energy stores to get all this done. 

  3. Digestion of food. If you had a meal later in the day, your body may also have to digest it while you sleep. However, it is not recommended that you eat later on purpose to get it to do so - a heavy meal before bedtime can lead to indigestion and restless sleep throughout the night. 

There you have it - your body pretty much turns into a calorie-burning machine when you hit the hay at night. However, it only does so when you are getting enough high-quality sleep. This means you need to get at least 8 hours of rest per night, and take care to practice good sleep hygiene (i.e. avoid screens at least an hour before bed, keep your bedroom cool and dark, and invest in a proper mattress and good linen that keeps your spine aligned and allows your skin to breathe). 

Check back soon for more interesting info on the science of sleep. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with a representative at your nearest Bed King branch if you would like to find out more about our great deals on everything from pocket spring mattresses and latex foam mattresses, to memory foam pillows, duvet cover sets, and more.  


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