Categories: Sleep Science

Calories Burned During Sleep

You’ve probably seen countless ads for diet pill wonder products promising you can burn calories during sleep and even shed pounds while getting your zzz’s. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it really was that simple? However, there is a fair amount of evidence to support the idea that it really is possible to do just that – given the right set of circumstances. The key is to set the stage to burn the maximum amount of calories at night.

Build Muscles

Resting muscles burn more calories. More importantly, a person with higher muscle mass burns more fats and sugar than a person who does not have an adequate muscle mass or a person who has a larger supply of fat needing to be burned. “A single pound of muscle consumes 50 calories for one whole day, while a pound of fat consumes only nine calories,” Fit Day states.

The simple solution is to build more muscle. Of course, it goes a bit deeper than that. You need to work to eliminate fat at the same time in order to achieve maximum benefit. Additionally, according to a different Fit Day piece, frequent periods of exercise spread throughout the day will raise your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), which is the rate at which your body burns calories while you rest.

Sleep Well

WebMD stresses the importance of an adequate amount of sleep to any calorie burning or weight loss effort. The medical website goes as far as to say that “sleep loss affects weight loss — from your ability to burn calories to the food choices you make.” Suggestions they make to aid in your plans to get more sleep at night include working out earlier in the day and stopping all workout activities at least several hours before going to sleep at night, taking a nap during the day if you feel drowsy, and having breakfast outside in the sun in order to get sunlight and help reset your body clock.

Keep Your Cool

A lower body temperature, says Livestrong, burns several extra hundred calories per night. Get rid of the extra blankets. Skip the flannel pajamas. Then, turn the thermostat down. Not only will you get a better night’s sleep, but you’ll also burn more bothersome calories in the process. Why is this so effective? When your body temperature is lower, your body has to work a little harder to provide an adequate amount of heat. Working bodies, even when resting, burn more calories. The best temperature for sleep for most people is between 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

While you may not shed pounds of fat after one single night of sleep, if you follow these tips to maximize the calories burned during sleep, you will see significant results over time. Combine them with a solid fitness routine and a few dietary changes and pounds of fat may literally melt away while you sleep.

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    Amber Merton

    Amber Merton is an accomplished writer on the topics of green living and sleep. Her work has been covered in numerous online publications. Amber has been a regular author on the PlushBeds blog for the past 7 years.

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