Have you noticed that you’re not losing as much weight as you should be, even though you’re regularly taking kickboxing classes and eating right? It could be that you’re not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can interfere with weight loss, because your body needs time to recharge and break down toxins. If you want to boost your kickboxing results, here are a few ways to get some beauty sleep:
- Avoid using electronic devices an hour before bedtime
People who use their computers or smartphones before bedtime not only sleep fewer hours, but experience lower quality of sleep. Poor sleep quality can also lead to an increase in obesity and lack of energy during the day, which means you might have less energy to give it your all during kickxboxing. To avoid these negative consequences, try limiting your computer use before bedtime and instead read a book to relax your body and mind.
- Keep your room at optimum sleep temperature
According to studies, the optimal temperature for sleep is around 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have a warmer core body temperature, it can lead to heightened arousal and affect your ability to fall asleep. Since temperature above or below this range can cause restlessness, you should try to recreate this optimal temperature. For those who have trouble falling asleep, try placing a hot water bottle at the feet in a cool room. Since the hot water bottle helps to dilate blood vessels and lower core temperature, this can help to regulate your internal thermostat.
- Get to bed at the right time to maximize your sleep benefits
Other than regulating your body temperature, you should try to get to bed as early as possible, since your body (particularly your adrenal system) does a majority of its recharging between the hours of 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Your gallbladder also dumps toxins during this period of time, so if you are awake, the toxins will back up into your liver and further disrupt your health.
Some people often overlook the importance of sleep and work after an intense workout – although kickboxing can help you take on more tone, muscle definition and strengthen your core, you won’t be able to lose weight unless you get a good night’s sleep. Don’t forget to treat your body like a temple after putting it to work!
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