Ya boy Walsh was up at 4am this morning.
Nobody likes to get up at 4am.
What made it worse was that my daughter was practising her ‘stealth mode’ at 2am by sneaking into our bed.
She’s not quite cracked this ‘stealth mode’ yet!
Anyway, it’s safe to say I’m ruddy cream crackered!
Me thinks a little snooze might be in order this afternoon.
How about you?
Whether it’s kids, late nights at work or watching back to back episodes of Game Of Thrones a lack of sleep is going to do no favours to your body when it comes to losing the old chuberella.
My little girl is much better nowadays, but I remember that first year walking around like a zombie.
Even saw an increase in the old waistline back then too.
Don’t laugh, I’m serious.
All those sleepless nights can really have an impact on belly fat…
Even if you’re eating ‘clean’ and super active, you’ll have a tough time losing fat from your tum if you’re not getting enough shut eye.
Sure, you might lose fat from your thighs, arms and even your face, but it’ll be DOUBLE difficult to lose it from your waistline.
The odd late night here and there might be okay, but if you’re constantly getting under 7 hours or less beauty sleep each night you’re in for a rough ride.
It all adds up, but why does our waistline want to hold on to belly fat so badly?
Shoddy kip can cause a huge spike in your stress hormone – cortisol.
And when cortisol is high it stops belly fat leaving, especially around the waistline.
Now, not many peeps associate stress with a lack of sleep, but that’s one of the biggest stressors you’ll come across, amigo.
So, what can we do about it?
1. Get your assimus to bed early – most of the time the reason you stay up late is because you’re watching something on the box, right?
So, set yourself a deadline to get in bed.
I’m not mucking around here.
If you want to lose more lard, you’ll do this :)
Plus, most people nowadays have Tivo or Sky+ that has a recording function.
It’s a crazy idea, but use the record button so you don’t have to stay up late.
2. Read a book – if you struggle with mind chatter at night a good fictional book works a treat.
I have killer mind chatter sometime and unless I read a chapter or two of a fictional book (currently reading the Divergent Trilogy) I can’t switch off.
I’ve learnt that business book or biography don’t work, they just get my mind racing more!
You need some light hearted entertainment – Harry Potter or something just as daft.
This will help you forget about all the stuff you need to do and as a delightful consequence, you’ll nod off much easier.
3. Have a cuppa – not your regular cuppa, but one called tulsi tea.
Tulsi is an indian herb that helps reduce your stress hormone.
It’s not quite a hug in a mug, but if you#re struggling to nod off, this is a good shout.
Plus, it also helps boost both your your immune and digestive system.
4. Supplement – I’ve used phosphatydlserine (from myprotein.com) to help reduce my stress hormone in the past with much success, but I now favour a tulsi extract, which is often called Holy Basil.
It does the same job as the tea, but in a stronger dosage.
When my daughter was a wee nipper I used to take it and it was amazing the difference I felt in the morning.
Kinda took away the morning fog, if you know what I mean.
5. Don’t take your phone or tablet to bed with you – put it this way, would you let a child take a tablet to bed with them? Why not?
Because they’ll stay up all night playing with it.
We’re not so difference than children! :)
So there you have it, my sleep deprived friend, just a few tips to get you back on the straight and narrow.
Put these tips to good use to help reduce your stress hormone and free the chub from your tum.