Goooooood morning, my friend. But before you read another line, glance up and check the clock… and if it’s still a touch on the early side, there’s something I’d like you to do.
Go back to bed and get a little more shuteye!
There’s nothing quite like sleeping in, but it’s especially satisfying on the weekends — when you don’t have to worry about the daily grind.
And getting a little extra sleep this morning isn’t JUST the perfect way to ease into your weekend.
New research shows how that extended snooze can play a key role in that one goal we’re all chasing: It can help you to lose weight!
Yes, friend, one of the best diet tips around has nothing to do with eating this or skipping that, and the only “exercise position” you need to worry about is finding the most comfortable position in your bed — and the cool side of the pillow.
According to the new study out of Asia, sleeping in on the weekends could be the key to EFFORTLESS weight loss.
The research on some 2,000 people across all age groups, including seniors in their 80s, found that folks who sleep more also weigh less — and that’s true across the board.
But the best weight levels of all were found in people who made some time for extra shuteye on the weekends.
Every hour of extra sleep on the weekends leads to a 0.12-point drop in BMI. That may not sound like much, but if you get 90 extra minutes per day on the weekends, that’s a drop in BMI of more than a third of a point, or between two and four pounds.
Not bad when you consider you can lose those pounds by literally doing nothing!
It’s not clear how or why that extra sleep at that specific time helps, but it’s most likely got to do with the idea of “makeup sleep.”
It gives your body a chance to make up what it might have missed out on during the busy week.
It can help your metabolism recover, too, and ease the hormone burden caused by short sleep during the Monday-through-Friday grind.
And, of course, we already know that extra sleep any time — on any day — is good for your body, mind, and waistline.
Put it all together, and you’ve got the perfect excuse to look at the clock… roll over… and go right back to sleep today and tomorrow.