There are many benefits to resting. It helps you stay healthy, alert, and loose weight!
When I was in university, I was running on an average of 3 hours of sleep a night. No wonder I was at my heaviest (Take a look at my before and after pics!) Even though I maintained a healthy diet, and worked out regularly, I would still notice the numbers on the scale increase weekly. At the time, I didn't know what the problem was. I knew I was stressed out, because of exams; and then it hit me! The only difference between my lifestyle before University, and during, was sleep (or lack there of).
Here are the FACTS!:
- Rest helps you eat less: It suppresses your appetite, and increases your metabolism. During University, my body was saying give me rest, or give me food. I ate more then ever! A recent study found that women who are lacking an average of 6 hours a night of rest, ate an additional 300 calories..and those calories add up!
- Rest gives you energy: Just like your body needs food for fuel, it also needs rest. Energy then gives you the power to exercise, and as a result, burn calories.
- Rest reduces anxiety, & stress: My mother always said, if you have a problem, and can't figure it out, sleep on it, then come back to the problem once you are refreshed. I would have to agree with her on this one 100%. Adequate rest has helped me solve many of my problems, whether it be personal, business, or school related. In fact, solutions sometimes come to me in my sleep. Sounds crazy, I know, but it works!
- Rest allows your body to heal and restore: After an intense and challenging work-out, rest allows your muscles to recuperate, leading to better results.
So...How much rest is recommended?
Everyone is different. We recommend an average between 6-8hrs. Sometimes I like to sleep more (10 hours). The point is to feel refreshed. Too much of anything is not good, and may leave you feeling groggy. Use your discretion.
Having Problems Sleeping?: BellaVita can help! Come in for one of our restore classes, which will leave you feeling completely relaxed and energized. Contact Us for more information.
Written by: Izabella
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