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Why your mattress may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts

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Mattress and weight loss

What role does your mattress play in your weight loss plans?


After following a strict diet and exercise plan during the day, you may view your bed as a haven from the stress. However, your mattress may be hurting or helping your weight loss efforts. Mattresses that are old or the wrong size can affect the quality of your sleep at night, and this has a direct impact on your weight.

Doctors have shared their secrets about getting better sleep, and it is crucial that your bedroom be set up to help you at night instead of prevent you from sleeping. You have probably heard that you need to turn off your television, phone or other devices before bedtime and eliminate light sources. However, you should not ignore the role your mattress plays in the nighttime routine.

The importance of comfort

A study from the National Sleep Foundation found that 92 percent of the survey participants felt a comfortable mattress was crucial to having a good night’s sleep. Bursting springs are often a sign of an old mattress and an indication it is time to find a new one. However, old mattresses can also provide less support and show other signs of wear. In addition, you need to make sure you have the right mattress size because it can also affect your sleep.

The importance of sleep for weight loss

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A study from the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that inadequate sleep could hurt your weight loss goals by 55 percent. Study participants who only slept 5.5 hours at night lost less body fat and had less energy. In addition, their metabolic hormone levels prevented them from losing more weight. The study participants who slept 8.5 hours a night were able to lose more body fat.

Another study from the Journal of Health Psychology found that a lack of sleep could leave you feeling hungry. You already know that you feel tired after a bad night. However, your body reacts to the lack of sleep in multiple ways. Your levels of the ghrelin hormone that is responsible for hunger tend to rise because of inadequate sleep. This hormone actually increases your appetite and can sabotage your weight loss efforts.

The combination of little sleep, extra stress and higher ghrelin hormone levels makes you reach for chips and candy as comfort. You can quickly destroy your diet efforts by not getting enough sleep at night and trying to compensate with food. People often turn to extra calories in an attempt to boost their energy. The extra calories from sweeteners, syrups or creamers in coffee can add pounds over time. However, people also tend to overeat after a bad night, so they may reach for salty and sugary snacks loaded with calories and fat.

Finding the right combination

If you want to lose weight, then you cannot ignore your sleep habits. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep every night to function normally and avoid ghrelin hormone spikes. By creating a comfortable bedroom with the right mattress, you can improve the quality of your sleep and make the most of your daytime weight loss efforts.

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Are the memory foam mattresses best for good sleep? I assume good sleep contributes to weight loss.