Sleep is a superhero, proven to reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, improve our memory and mood, increase our cognitive function, and reduce our stress levels. It helps keep us slim, too. (Ever feel just a little “tighter” after a good night’s rest?) So, how can we improve our sleep and get more of that waist-slimming shut-eye? Well, it’s not just about how much sleep we get. It turns out that when we go to bed, when we wake up, and the amount of light we’re exposed to before bedtime all play significant roles as well.
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Dim florescent lights or turn them off completely. Lower the brightness of your phone and computer screen as you move into the evening hours.
Aim for eight hours of sleep at night, but try your best to wake and go to bed with the sun. The closer you can get your sleep hours aligned with natural light cycles, the more benefits you’ll reap.
Eating your calories earlier in the day and cutting carbs at dinner minimizes blood glucose excursions and proclivity for fat storage, and goes along with circadian nutrient timing. According to the Alves study, a low-carb, protein-rich dinner best preserves lean tissue during weight loss.
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