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How your body uses calories while you snooze

Despite using less energy while you sleep, it’s an active time for your brain and certain bodily functions and your body
burns calories to repair tissue and file memories.

How much calories are burned during sleeping is a complex interaction between sleep, diet, exercise, etc. Your personal
basal metabolic rate (BMR) determines how many calories you burn while sleeping. Scientists think a general calory
burning average is about 50 calories per hour while we sleep.

Sleep stages and calories

Not all sleep stages burn the same number of calories. Basic functions such as breathing and circulation continue
throughout the night, but the body’s energy requirements fluctuate.

Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is the most energy-intensive sleep stage. During this stage, your heart rate increases, and your brain’s activity patterns are similar to daytime levels. The brain’s higher activity requires more glucose, and this leads to a higher metabolism.

During deep sleep, on the other hand, you heart rate, respiration, core body temperature, and brain activity drop to a minimum. This is an important stage for the immune system as growth hormones are released. Because the brain now requires less glucose, metabolism is at its lowest.

Burning more calories with zzzs

If you want to burn more calories during sleep, you need to increase your basal metabolic rate and the easiest way to do this is by eating right, getting enough exercise, and sleeping well.

A lack of sleep can cause a surge in hormones that make you crave high-calorie foods. Sleep loss raises cortisol levels, which may contribute to weight gain, insulin resistance, and even type 2 diabetes. So, while the extra awake time may result in more calories being burned, sleep deprivation can have a serious impact on your overall health.

Sleep interruptions during REM sleep is most likely to affect the number of calories you burn during sleep. Implementing proper sleep hygiene habits and creating a cool, dark, quiet bedroom environment will encourage your body to naturally cycle through the sleep stages and optimise your metabolism while sleeping.

Exercise, diet, and sleep

Some studies have found that eating too close to bedtime can lead to weight gain, but what you eat seems to be more important. If you feel peckish around bedtime, opt for a light and healthy snack rather than fast food or something greasy. Afterall, a healthier diet improves sleep quality.

Regular exercise and a healthy diet are habits that can help you create a regular sleep schedule, improve your muscle-to-fat ratio, and boost your metabolism. And while caffeine does cause a temporary spike in metabolism, it interferes with sleep and is not an effective weight-loss strategy.

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Sleeping with your socks on

Many people may battle falling asleep because their feet are cold. The blood vessels in cold feet are constricted causing less blood to circulate. Warming your feet before you go to bed not only ensures you drift off to sleep faster, but it can also give your brain a clear signal that it’s time to go to bed. The easiest and safest way to warm your feet is by wearing socks.

The benefits

Some women find that wearing socks to bed helps to cool their core body temperature, preventing hot flushes.

Wearing cotton socks after moisturising your feet can help prevent your heels from drying out and improve the condition of cracked heels.

Raynaud’s disease results in fingers and toes starting to throb and swell when circulation to these extremities decrease. Wearing socks to bed keeps your feet warm and blood circulating well, preventing an attack that could disrupt your sleep.

The socks

The best choice are socks made of natural soft fibres such as merino wool. They are more expensive than cotton or artificial fibre socks, but they are definitely worth it. Ensure the socks fit properly but are not too tight. Only wear compression socks at night if they were prescribed by your doctor as they aren’t meant to be worn to bed.

The pre-bed warming ritual

To enhance circulation and warm your feet before going to bed, give your feet a little massage with some moisturising cream. While you’re doing this, sit on your socks to warm them. Once a foot’s nice and toasty, slip on the sock and repeat on the other foot.

If you find yourself overheating while you sleep, kick off your socks but keep your feet under the covers. Having a warm bath will also relax your body. Have a soak with some fragrant essential oils before moisturising your feet and putting on your socks.

A good night’s sleep

Warming up your feet can help you drift off to sleep faster. But even the warmest, softest cashmere socks won’t help you sleep better if your mattress is old and lumpy. Find the best bed to match your sleep socks for a good night’s sleep every night, starting tonight.

Tips for buying a new bed

How many times have you avoided buying a new bed or mattress because it just seems so daunting? With so many options on the market, how do you know which bed is right for you? These tips take the tedium out of getting a new bed so you can sleep better today.

Research what is available

Spring systems, all-foam mattresses, high-density foam layers, firm, medium and soft. How do you know which mattress is the right one for you?

It’s important to understand that there’s a difference between support and feel. For someone with back pain, a firm support mattress might be a good choice. That doesn’t mean the mattress feels like a solid slab of rock. Take some time to understand the different support structures and diving into the different comfort layers, such as pillow top, latex and memory foam.

Shop the specialists

If you can, skip the general store and go to a retailer that specialises in beds. That way you know that the salesperson has all the relevant knowledge when it comes to comparing different mattresses and recommending the best base sets that suit your lifestyle and your pocket.

Comfort 1st

You need to decide on a max budget before starting your search for your new mattress and be realistic. It’s possible that a decade may have passed since the last time you bought a bed. With all the latest technology since then, you can be sure the price you paid back then doesn’t compare to anything on the market today.

You might also need to get a new mattress protector and feel like splurging on some pillows for a completely fresh sleep, so keep that in mind to avoid overspending unnecessarily.

Protect your bed

A mattress protector is a must-have to extend the life of your mattress. In part this is important because your mattress’ warrantee can be void if there are any stains on it. But more importantly, it’s a lot easier to wash a mattress protector than an actual mattress and considering the amount of dead skin cells we shed daily, easy cleaning in essential to sleep hygienically. Even a mattress like the Arman Plush, which is covered in antimicrobial fabric can benefit from the extra protection of a waterproof protector.

Ready to buy?

Buying a new mattress is a long-term investment and getting enough sleep is crucial for your general health. Find the right mattress for a better night’s sleep today.

What your sleeping position reveals about you

The lights are off, and you’re snuggle down under the covers, ready for a good night’s sleep. You don’t even think twice about settling into your favourite sleeping position. And that sleeping position can reveal a few insights about your health.

Some sleeping positions have been linked to health concerns and some can lead to better wellness outcomes. And some sleeping positions may reveal something about your personality, according to a few sleep psychologists and experts.

Sleeping position and personality

The most common sleeping position, particularly for women, is the foetal position and it has been linked to shyness and sensitivity.

If you preferred sleeping position is sleeping on one side with arms outstretched, you may be open-natured and somewhat suspicious, unlikely to change your mind once you’ve made a decision.

Sleeping on your stomach with your hands up or under the pillow? You may have a sociable nature and a dislike of criticism.

Sleeping position and health

Of course, these observations aren’t absolutely scientific in their nature. Some researchers don’t believe there is any correlation between sleeping position and personality. However, there is evidence that your sleeping position could be linked to certain health and wellness aspects.

Side sleeping

This sleeping position is often recommended by experts, as it can improve digestion and relieve snoring. Sleeping onyour left side in particular, is beneficial if you suffer from acid reflux, as it keeps your stomach lower than your oesophagus and stomach acid is less likely to rise.

During pregnancy, this sleeping position is associated with improved foetal and maternal health. In addition to the relief it offers from heartburn, sleeping on your left side promotes blood flow and eases pressure on the uterus.

Stomach sleeping

The stomach sleeping position places stress on your neck and lower back, which could be exacerbated if you sleep on a softer bed. However, it may reduce snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Back sleeping

Although this sleeping position is beneficial to most people, it is particularly recommended that babies are placed on their backs when they sleep. For adults suffering from chronic snoring and sleep apnea, however, this position may result to restless and interrupted sleep, leading you to wake up tired in the morning.

Whether sleeping on your back will worsen or improve back pain seems to depend on each individual.

The best sleeping position

Trying to teach your body to sleep in a different position may not be the solution to any health problems you may experience. There is no single best sleeping position because several factors come into play. One of those is your mattress. King Koil has a range of premium mattress that will ensure you have a good night’s rest, regardless of your preferred sleeping position. Find the right mattress for you today.

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