So you’ve tried everything. Cutting out processed foods and sugar. Regular exercise. Counting calories. Drinking more water. And you still aren’t dropping pounds and find yourself craving caffeine and a snack in the afternoon to get through the night. Getting enough sleep can help you avoid that afternoon slump and lose weight.
A memory foam mattress and comfortable bedding are a great place to start in your quest for more sleep. Researchers have shown that sleep deprivation can have many effects, including weight gain or stalling weight loss. About 30 percent of Americans sleep six hours or less each night and just as many are overweight. Your body needs seven to nine hours of sleep to function properly and reach homeostasis where it can help you burn fat and maintain a healthy weight.
A shorter night’s sleep leaves less time for your body to make repairs and regulate hormones. As it moves through the stages of sleep, your body produces hormones that trigger hunger and burn energy.
Also, when your body is tired, it tends to retain more fat. If you are already following a diet and exercising, adding another hour or two to your sleep schedule may help you lose that bulge and increase your energy.
How Memory Foam Helps
A memory foam mattress offers a good night’s sleep in a couple ways. The thick foam isolates motion, so a partner’s movements don’t wake you. Memory foam, too, softens as your body warms it and contours directly to your shape, matches pressure and slowly springs back as you change positions through the night.
Firmer mattresses that don’t form to your body can leave the heavier parts of your body to bear the brunt of your weight and the curve of your back unsupported. Memory foam’s density provides consistent support and comfort that eases pressure on joints and helps you rest comfortably.