Did you know that your mattress can be sabotaging your diet?!?
It’s the end of January, and for many of us, that New Year’s Resolution is starting to wear off. If you purchased a gym membership, watched what you ate, and haven’t seen a change on the scale, don’t fret. It may be your mattress.
People who sleep less than the recommended 7-8 hours per night may be doing more harm to their body than they realize. It’s more complex than just not having enough energy to workout. Only getting 5-6 hours can elevate your stress hormones. High stress hormones can make you hungrier, and crave carbs and sugar. It also decreases your level of growth hormone, so it’s harder for your body to burn fat and repair your muscles after a workout. Finally, the hormone ghrelin is increased, which elevates hunger and makes you likely to store fat.
So what do you do? First, take a look at why you’re not sleeping enough. Are you making sleep a priority, or are you being stretched too thin in other aspects of your life? Do you have the same ritual every night before you go to bed, and are you taking time to relax your mind before retiring to bed? Could it be that you’re not comfortable?
There could be many reasons why you aren’t comfortable at night, even if your mattress is relatively new. If you can’t stretch out, or wake up when your partner is tossing and turning, then you might want to try a larger size, or a bed that has individually pocketed coils, like a Beautyrest. Is your bed too soft or too firm? By changing your body shape (losing or gaining weight), your support needs from your mattress are also changing. What was comfortable a year ago might not be comfortable now, since your body has changed. Also, if you are exercising, you might have aches and pains that you haven’t felt before. Try a King Koil for some extra back support, or a memory foam bed to reduce the pressure on your achy joints.
Once you start sleeping better, your body will respond quicker to your exercising and dieting efforts. You will feel energized, in control of your appetite, and ready to reach that fitness goal!