Ever Heard of the Sleeping Beauty Diet? Here’s Why It’s Dangerous and Won’t Work

We have shared before that sleep can be a great thing for those who want to lose weight. Aside from the rest it provides, letting your sore muscles heal, studies have shown that getting an extra hour of zzz’s actually help you shed some pounds. Scientists have found out that by getting more zzz’s, you’ll rely less on food to energize your day. You’re also less likely to skip your workouts because you’re well oiled and fueled to get going.

Unfortunately, some people have decided to take the idea to the extreme and are already promoting oversleeping to lose weight. The idea is, if you sleep the day away, you won’t have to deal with your hunger and eat, which means you won’t intake any calories that can turn into additional weight.

Promoted by a number of pro-eating disorder websites and blogs, they call this technique the Sleeping Beauty Diet. It got its name from the famous fairy tale character, the Sleeping Beauty, who slept for years due to a curse. Some say that the name also alludes to these groups’ idea of beauty and how sleep can help them achieve it.

In any case, more and more experts are becoming alarmed because of the diet’s growing popularity. Following this diet is certainly bad for your health not only because it promotes unhealthy eating, but also because oversleeping can damage your body as well. Aside from not being able to get the nutrients your body needs because you’re not actually eating anything, oversleeping is also linked to a wide range of various illnesses as well.

Studies show that sleeping too much, especially when combined with depression and low-income status, might up your risks of diabetes, stroke, degenerative diseases, obesity, heart problems, and even death. There are also research on how too much sleep can affect your cognitive functioning and fertility. Overall, you just really shouldn’t risk it.

So if you’re considering of taking the sleep tip to lose weight to a whole new level, we will have to advice against it. The best way to sleep away the pounds off will be through having a good sleep hygiene, combined with exercise and a balanced diet. People may have some claims about shortcuts, but if you want a safe and surefire way to ditch those flabs, this simple formula is still the best one.

 

How to Binge-Watch Your Favorite Shows without Damaging Your Zzz’s

With all of the amazing shows that are just waiting to be watched and the wide array of streaming services easily available today, the pull of watching a whole series in one sitting is just irresistable for many. Sadly, with all of the other things that we need to do, the first thing to go in order to squeeze in some binge watching is our sleep.

But what if we tell you that you can binge and not look like a zombie the next morning? What if there’s a way to still get some zzz’s and catch up to your favorite shows?

How? Here are a few tips:

Have Some Self-Control

Honestly, it all boils down to how much you can stop yourself to watch up to 20 episodes in one sitting. Even if you have the whole day to burn, twenty one-hour episodes will definitely take up your entire day and even eat up the time you should spend sleeping. So, if you want to ditch those spells of dizziness after an all-night binging, you should learn how to stop pressing play on the next episode.

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If you’re the type who can’t stop saying “one last episode” into the wee hours of the morning, here are some tricks to help you gain some self-control:

Set an Episode Limit

Budget your time and be okay that you won’t be able to watch the entire season in one day. If it’s a week night, you might want to stick with enough episodes that will only occupy your free time before you hit the hay. Experts say that screens should be turned off 30 minutes before bed, so maybe factor that in as well.

Turn Off the Autoplay Setting

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If you’re watching your current show in a streaming websit or app, you’ll probably fall into an endless cycle of episodes until you’ve finished the whole series or season. Without any kind of self-control, this will only leave you spending an entire day glued to your screen. So you should definitely turn off the autoplay setting.

By being able to stop between each episode, you can actually take some breaks and re-evaluate what you’re doing right now. Sometimes all you need is a pause to remember that you need to go to the bathroom or to assess if you’ll still be able to stay awake for the entirety of the next episode.

There’s nothing wrong with having to click next every after episode, because sometimes, it’s all you need to control yourself from binge watching til the sun comes up. Keep in mind that it really doesn’t matter if you don’t get to finish your show in one sitting – what happens next will still be the same whether you watch it right now or you watch it tomorrow or even next week.

By learning how to control yourself from clicking “next episode” might even help you save some time in the process because you’ll be re-watching the start of the episode again if you fell asleep halfway through, right? So just skip the hassle and stop yourself from falling asleep while binge watching with the help of a good dose of self-control.

Start Watching on Your Commute

While we’re on the topic of efficiency, why don’t you start watching your shows on your commute instead? Not only will this make the traffic more bearable, but it can also help you make more out of your time. With most of the people in Metro Manila spending up to 5 hours in traffic in a day, that will already let you dent your show’s episode list in a single day.

This will work best if you have a sizeable storage space in your device or if the app you’re using offers offline viewing. However, just make sure to still pay attention to your surrounding, even when you’re so engrossed with what you’re watching. Pause the show while walking and maybe don’t squeal and giggle with¬†kilig, as well as gasp or laugh out loud if you can help it.

Use Blue Light Controlling Apps

Although experts recommend that you don’t watch your shows in bed, we really won’t ask you to do that because we know our cozy mattresses are some of the most perfect spots for binge-watching. Especially now that bed weather’s here and we have a few long weekends scheduled, we just can’t stop you from getting cozy and enjoying a relaxed time at home.

What we’ll strongly recommend, however, is that you use blue light controlling apps instead. There are tons to choose from that will work best for almost every kind of screen so you don’t have to worry about finding one. You’ll just have to deal with some color discrepancies, though, but it shouldn’t be too bothersome, really.

Binge Watching and Sleep

Sleep and binge watching shouldn’t be mutually exclusive, you just need to take necessary steps to make both work out for you. Hopefully, with these steps, you do get to enjoy both.

Sleep More to Get a Healthier Social Life

It’s a common notion that those who love to be around people tend to sacrifice their zzz’s to do so. Having a busy social life means you’re engaged all day long, leaving you less time for sleep. This is why it might come as a surprise that experts are now saying that if you want to have a better social life, you might just want to get more shuteye.

So, how does sleep and your social life work together? Experts say that by looking tired, people will want to socialise with you less. This might just sound very judgmental and shallow, but it’s actually a learned behavior just like when people avoid soicializing with those who look sickly. It has a lot to do with our sense of self-preservation.

Although looking tired doesn’t necessarily mean¬† you look unhealthy, there are still tons of reasons why people will avoid you if your sleeplessness is starting to show. Lots of research give enough reason why you actually have to avoid someone who hasn’t been sleeping well.

For one, you get less empathetic when you’re sleep deprived and no one wants to be around someone who can’t emphatize with them when they’re down. You’ll also be more pessimistic, which folks just generally don’t want to be around with in general. Then, there’s the fact that sleep deprived people are prone to crankiness. Because everyone tends to get cranky when they’re tired, lots of people know better than approach someone who looks tired.

You might be thinking, why should other people’s judgement make you change your lifestyle? Well, it’s really up to you. While you’re not really required to sleep more so people will like you better, there are still tons of other benefits to sleeping better, so it wouldn’t really be a superficial thing. Who knows, being grumpy may not exactly be in your nature? You might be a perky, jolly fellow with ample zzz’s, so why not give it a shot anyway?

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It’s Time to Start Enforcing Your Kid’s Bedtime Again

With just a couple of weeks to go before most kids’ summer vacation ends, it’s just about the best time to start adjusting their bedtime to help them get up in the morning more easily. While it would have been best if their bedtimes weren’t pushed back during the summer months, you can still make amends by enforcing a stricter bedtime for the next two or three weeks so they won’t have to suffer from grogginess on their first day back in school.

Earlier bedtimes mean that your child can get their recommended 8-10 hours of zzz’s and still wake up early for school. This will be a struggle, however, as most kids will want to savor the last few weeks of their freedom with late nights and sleeping in, but you have to be firm. Sleep deprivation can hold your child back from performing well in school so you have to do your part in making sure that your child won’t experience such.

Of course, there’s also the fact that correcting a late bedtime can already be more difficult once there are homework and school activities to tend to. If your kid has to spend up to 6 hours completing their assignments and projects, forcing them to go to bed earlier might not be productive. Aside from the fact that they might not be sleepy yet, they can also be too anxious to fall asleep right away anyway so you still won’t get the best results from doing such.

These are just some of the best reasons why you should start enforcing earlier bedtimes as soon as tonight. Two weeks will be a great period to get their body clocks readjusted so they will have ample energy to take on the many challenges they’ll face in school.

To help you get started in adjusting your little one’s bedtime, here are some tips that you should try out:

Don’t Be Drastic

If your child has been used to sleeping at 10 PM for the past two months, you can’t just make them go to bed at 8 PM right away. This won’t be too fruitful for everyone involved. Take their bedtime adjustment one step at a time. For example, for this week, start moving their bedtime routine at 8:30 PM so they can be in bed by 9. Cutting out

For example, for this week, start moving their bedtime routine at 8:30 PM so they can be in bed by 9. Cutting down their caffeine and sweets consumption before nighttime is important as well so the effects can already dwindle down by the time they need to be in bed.

Be Consistent

Consistency is essential to building good habits in kids and for a better sleep hygiene. You can’t make your child go to bed early tonight and then take them out tomorrow ’til late in the evening for some family bonding. Be consistent so your child’s body clock can really get attuned to your child’s routine needs.

Don’t negotiate. Your child will always see this as a means to get what they want and they will use it on you relentlessly every time you say no. It’s important to stay firm when it comes to bedtimes as these things aren’t the easiest to execute to begin with.

Make Earlier Bedtimes a Family Effort

It’s important that you and your spouse (and other adults in the household) are united in helping your child sleep earlier. Because routine is key to a healthy bedtime’s success, everyone should be in on the plan if you want your child to sleep earlier. Their grandmas or titas shouldn’t act on a whim and take them out even when they’re already about to fall asleep.

Adjusting your child’s bedtime will be a challenge, so you have to be ready to help them through the next few weeks. Things will be better, however, for everyone if they get enough zzz’s by the time they’re back in school so it’s definitely all worth it.

 

What Exactly is “Summer Sleep Slide”?

“Summer slide” is what experts call the slow down children experience in their reading and math progress during the summer months. Without school, some kids are not forced to practice their skills, making them fall behind.

Experts are saying that this goes the same for children’s sleep. Without the need to get up at a specific time in the morning, kids tend to sleep a lot later than what they’re used to. If they’re not capable of sleeping in, they’ll surely incur some serious sleep debt over the course of their vacation.

Because sleep is essential for kids’ development, make sure that your little ones are getting ample zzz’s even during the summer months. To do this, here are a few tips.

Enforce a Consistent Bedtime

Enforcing a bedtime, even when they don’t really have to get up early the next day, is a must. Some parents tend to become more lax during the summer vacation since kids don’t really have to go to school the next morning. If you’re letting them stay up late, make sure they get to sleep in a bit in the morning or at least they take naps.

It’s a common trend for some parents to wake their kids up early in the morning during the summer for no reason at all, mostly just to punish them for staying up late. If you’re worried about your kids’ health, though, please refrain from doing this. If you want to make them do chores, they can always do the ones that aren’t exactly time-sensitive and if they do, make sure to let them take naps afterward – even those teenagers of yours. This way, you can still be sure that they get the ample zzz’s they need.

Monitor their Schedule

It’s also essential to get them back on track on their school day sleep routine a few weeks before they go back to school. This way, they won’t have to feel sluggish on their first few school weeks because their sleep schedule is still out of whack. Getting them to follow their regular bed and wake up times at least two weeks before their classes start will help them perform better in the new school year right off the bat.

Kids may seem resilient and energetic at all times but it doesn’t mean that they don’t need sleep. In fact, they actually need more zzz’s than you do, so don’t expect them to sleep just an hour or two during their summer vacation. Make sure to help them get ample sleep, otherwise, their sleep debt will impact their development negatively and affect their performance in school.

New Techs for Sleep that will Wow You

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Sleep is the latest health trend that has been taking over the world today. From Arianna Huffington’s Sleep Revolution to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Clean Sleep, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that most of the world are now paying close attention to their zzz’s. The growing number of technologies for sleep is another proof that sleeping more is indeed the latest trend. The latest CES (Consumer Electronics Show) has definitely shown a large number of latest products designed to help people improve their zzz’s.

If you’re one who’s interested in using technology to help you sleep better, these latest innovations and offerings might tickle your fancy. However, their novel ideas might not exactly bring more slumber to everyone. Some might even just leave you encumbered with too much tech and data that you might not have use for.

Still, they seem great, right? So we’ve rounded up some of the most unique and promising techs for sleep and see for yourself which ones may work for you.

Wearable Trackers

Wearable tech comes in a wide array of designs nowadays but the most popular ones are smart wristwatches that will monitor your nocturnal behaviors for you. It will then collate the data and present the information to you upon you wake up. Mostly, it will monitor your sleep-wake patterns, movements, breathing, and heart rate. Others might also be able to monitor your teeth clenching and snoring.

Are they worth it? Yes, if you have sleeping difficulties that you can’t detect. However, if you sleep fine, they might not be the best to help you get more zzz’s.

Sleep Apps

Apps that are designed to help you get more zzz’s also come a dime a dozen nowadays as well. They have different purposes, but since they’re stuck on your phone and you largely have to input data on them to work, they’re less handier than wearables in telling you what’s wrong with your sleep. They can still be very useful, though, if you already know what you need to work on.

Smart Pillows

Ok, so you might be thinking, how can pillows be smart? They’re just a bag of fluff or a block of foam? Well, you see, these smart pillows have special chips in them that can basically replace your wearable and work just like your apps at the same time. Most are designed to track your sleep and work as white noise players or alarm clocks at the same time. You can say that they’re quite handy but they can also be pricier as well.

Smart Bed?

The latest in the burgeoning sleep techs industry is the smart bed. It’s actually quite promising because it adjusts to what you need to sleep better. It automatically contours to your body to support your pressure points better and even moves when you snore so you stop doing so. The concept’s still very new, though, so we can expect to see more development in the future.

Is Tech Good for Your Sleep?

Experts have been quite adamant that tech in the bedroom can cost you your sleep. And honestly, we kind of agree. All those blue lights can really mess up your Circadian rhythm. However, if you have no clue what’s keeping you up at night, these techs can still be very helpful to you since we don’t have a lot of sleep specialists in the country just yet. If you think they can be of great help to you, though, you can always give them a try.

If you ask us, though, there’s always a high chance that your old mattress is messing with your zzz’s. If you toss and turn in your sleep, we suggest considering replacing your old mattress for a new one. That does the trick for a lot of people, so why not give it a try?

Want to Lose Weight in 2017? Add Sleeping More to Your New Year’s Resolution

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Losing weight is the the most popular new years resolution there is. However, not everyone gets to actually pull it off. There are so many factors to losing weight that a simple list of what to do doesn’t always cut it.

If you’re one of these folks who want to lose weight this year, all you really need is to actually exercise, eat better, and sleep more. Yes, sleeping more can actually help you shed some pounds off. How? Here are the top reasons:

1. The rest sleep provides helps your body heal and recuperate.

This helps you have more energy for the next day, letting you exercise more and harder the next day.

2. You can reduce your cravings.

When you’re overtired, your body’s reward center kicks in hard. This causes cravings, which can lead to eating more or pigging out on unhealthy food items.

3. You eat more when you’re tired.

Not sleeping enough and doing strenuous physical activities will require your body to compensate. This means that you’re hungrier and will be able to eat more. More food can cause a strain to a slow metabolism (which is very likely to be present in someone who needs to lose weight) and cause weight gain.

While more sleep alone won’t let you lose weight, doing so can trigger your body to function better and boost the effects of your diet and exercise. It’s often the missing ingredient in most weight loss regimens, so if you really want to slim down, you really should sleep more.