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Fitness Friday: How to build a healthy sleep cycle?


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To make mine and your life easier I have added a feature to the Fitness tab where you can leave me any fitness/health related question. If I happen to know the answer to your query I will pick it up for the Fitness Friday feature. Sound good? :) 

So the first question I received was, "How do you motivate yourself to wake up early?" 

The thing is that I have always been a morning person, due to my upbringing. Eventually down the road it has become a healthy habit. Even when I try to sleep in, the latest I can go on is till 8:00am. That would be 'having a late morning'  in my books. But one can change their sleeping cycle. To do so you would have commit to it. Here are some tips which might help you:

  • Close the television/computer latest by 9:30pm-10:00pm
  • Get in bed and read a book, if you don't think you are sleepy yet
  • Don't think about the next day, instead think of calm and pleasing thoughts
  • Don't eat anything after 7:00pm
  • Try waking up without an alarm (may be on weekends?) and see how you feel. That would tell you how much rest your body needed. 
  • I have heard, having a glass of warm milk, before bed helps too

" Sleep! Two hormones, leptin and ghrelin, regulate our appetite, and both are directly affected by how much sleep we get. These hormones work in a kind of "checks and balances" system to control feelings of hunger and fullness. Getting seven - eight hours of shut-eye each night helps the hormones work properly, which in turn will help curb your appetite."
Jillian Michaels from Biggest Loser
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