Bears live the life.
They eat what they want when they want. They keep going until they plump up so much they waddle when they walk.
Then, they cozy up for a loooooooong restful nap only to wake up slim and trim and ready for more.
OK, so that nap lasted for months. And hibernation isn’t exactly something any of us are going to mimic, even if it is tempting at times.
But there IS a way you can get in on a little bit of that benefit. And in a way, all you have to do is make a “cave” for your own “hibernation.”
Poor sleep can send your weight SOARING
There’s a deceptively simple mistake so many people make – especially older folks –that undermines both sleep amount and quality.
They knock out with a light on, often the soft, pulsing glow of a TV.
Sure, having the comforting patter of a favorite old show that you’ve seen a million times might help you to doze. But it can also lead to problems during the night, and not just when you’re jolted awake by a screaming infomercial.
New research finds even a little light at night can disrupt your metabolism, forcing your body to cling to every extra ounce.
The new study finds that over five years, sleeping with a light on will…
- lead to 11 extra pounds of weight gain
- make you 30 percent more likely to become obese
And while the study focused on women, the research team believes the same would hold true for men.
“Hibernation” secret helps you shed extra pounds
So… about those bears.
They’ve got a few things just right: They go deep into a dark, cool, quiet cave where they can rest in comfort, undisturbed for months.
You, on the other hand, just need a few hours… ideally 7 or 8 of them… in your own “sleep cave.” And you can mimic the bear’s perfect sleep setup with…
- a remote control
- a light switch
- a fan or A/C
- good curtains
…and maybe a set of earplugs, too.
Use the remote to turn the TV off. Turn ALL lights off, unless you have a fall risk, in which case consider either a small motion sensor plug-in light or a light that can sit in an unobtrusive place so it won’t shine on your face when you sleep.
Use the fan or AC to keep cool, close the curtains to keep the room dark and – if your neighborhood gets noisy early – stuff those earplugs in so nothing disturbs that hibernation.
You’ll get the best sleep of your life. Wake up refreshed and ready. And – most importantly – won’t be prone to packing on the pounds.
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