Last week we wrote about sleep and weight loss by understanding the link between diet and sleep. This is part two of the story that explains how to burn extra fat without an extra trip to the gym.
It’s staggering what we are willing to do to maintain or lose weight and stay in shape. Over 55 million people belong to health and fitness centers across the United States. These clubs generate a whopping $25 billion a year.
This is just the beginning.
An article in Consumer Reports says while memberships in clubs are growing, two-thirds of us prefer to work out at home, spending billions more on treadmills and exercise equipment. In addition, it is estimated billions more are spent on dietary supplements and meal replacement plans in the effort to lose weight.
Why are we spending so much time, money, and effort on weight loss when the answer may simply lie in better sleep?
Research indicates sleeping cold may be the way to lose belly fat.
Benefits of Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy, the use of cold temperatures to improve body, mind and spirit, is not new. It has long been used as a way to decrease inflammation from illness or injury, increase cell rejuvenation, reduce muscle soreness and even to improve skin tone and reduce the effects of aging.
While many examples of cryotherapy demonstrate the benefits of extremely cold temperatures on the body, research indicates there are benefits to “sleeping cold”, with temperatures that are moderately cooler.
Sleeping Cold Burns More Calories
A study published in the journal “Diabetes” suggests that sleeping in cooler temperatures may help us attack belly fat while we sleep.
Belly fat is considered “white fat”, the type of fat we want to reduce. “Brown fat” is considered good fat and is found in much smaller amounts. Brown fat helps improve our metabolism and assists the body in losing weight.
Participants in the study maintained their normal daily habits over four months, but each evening returned to sleep in temperature-controlled chambers.
Researchers kept sleeping rooms at a neutral 75 degrees for the first month, and in the following month reduced temperatures to 66 degrees. For the third month temperatures were returned to the neutral 75 degrees before being increased to a warm 81 degrees for the final month. Following each month during the study, the amount of brown fat was measured.
The results were that the colder temperatures noticeably changed the participant's bodies. After the month of sleeping at the colder 66-degree temperatures, volumes of good or brown fat had almost doubled. They had indeed lost belly fat from sleeping cold.
It is important to note that sleeping cold is not sleeping at shivering temperatures, and shivering is not the way you lose weight while sleeping cold. Even at neutral temperatures, you'll burn calories based on your weight.
According to Livestrong, the following are some examples:
- A 200-pound person burns 86 calories per hour, or 688 for eight hours.
- If you weigh 160 pounds, you burn 69 calories per hour while sleeping, That would add up to 552 calories burned during eight hours of sleep.
- If you are a 120-pound person, you'll burn 51 calories per hour while sleeping.
Part of what the survey discovered is that sleeping cold increases REM sleep. This can burn as much as 140 extra calories per night while sleeping. That can be significant because over the course of a year it can lead to losing as much as 14 pounds. So being cold and sleeping cold to a degree, has been proven to burn calories.
Sleep Cold the Easy Way
Sleeping cold has been demonstrated to provide weight loss benefits, improve memory, reduce stress, and add physical strength and overall health and immunity.
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