Slim Tip: How to Sleep Your Way to Skinny


Here on, we have created such an extensive archive of diet and fitness tips that it’s hard to keep them all straight. Between tips for curbing sugar cravings, making your crunches count, and boosting your metabolism, there are few fitness mysteries that we leave unsolved. At least that’s what I thought up until about a week ago. I came across an interesting article on Livestrong claiming that people can actually sleep off a few extra pounds. This idea left me so curious that I decided to do a little research of my own. What I discovered is that you can sleep your way to skinny…and it’s easy too!

For all you insomniacs out there, I’m going to share a few tips below that will help you log in those healthy eight hours every night. But first, you need to know how this beauty sleep will help you lose a few extra pounds…

Getting enough zzz’s each night will:

1. Keep your hormones in check. 

Studies show that a lack of sleep can throw your hormones out of wack and increase your appetite during the day. According to Hello Beautiful, when you don’t get enough sleep, the production of the hormone leptin, which controls how satisfied you feel after eating, can decrease. You also have growth hormones in your body that help to heighten and control your appetite. Not getting enough rest causes this hormone to decrease, and you won’t burn energy as fast (Fit Day). Simply put, people who sleep less often weigh more.

2. Give you the energy to get up for your early morning workout.
We’ve all been there before: You go to sleep past your bedtime and hit the snooze button instead of heading into spin class. While our bodies do need sleep in order to have an effective workout, ideally we should really be doing both. Logging in a workout and enough sleep will help to rev up your metabolism, burn extra calories, and allow your muscles to repair each night after exercising. Plus, if your body is tired it will be easier to fall asleep at an early hour.

3. Keep you mentally alert.
Getting enough sleep could mean that you’re alert enough to say no to that sugary doughnut at your morning meeting. When our brains aren’t functioning properly due to lack of sleep, our thoughts become groggy and our decision-making isn’t as strong. For this reason, snoozing will help you to keep long-term health and diet goals in check.

Now that you know how much good a little sleep can do for your body, here are five tips that will help you dream the (entire) night away:

  • Set a bedtime for yourself. Keeping a consistent bedtime will encourage you to get the same amount of sleep each night, which should ideally be 7-9 hours. According to Livestrong, if you get four hours of sleep some days of the week and ten hours of sleep on weekends, you will still be susceptible to gaining weight. After sticking to your scheduled bedtime for about two weeks, it will become a habit.
  • Wake up earlier. If you have a schedule that allows you sleep until noon, you will probably be tempted to stay up later at night, which can throw off your natural sleep cycle. Our bodies are programmed to sleep at night when it’s dark outside and wake up with the first light of dawn ( Going against this might make it harder for your mind to shut off for an entire eight hours.
  • Create a peaceful sleeping environment. Make your bedroom a tranquil oasis—one that feels like a comforting and relaxing place to sleep. That means separating your workspace from your personal space (Yes, I’m talking to all of you bloggers out there who work from home). Watch TV in your living room instead of your bedroom, vow to stop checking emails an hour before bed, and above all, make sure your bed is extremely comfortable!
  • Cut back on caffeine later in the day. This is one that I personally have trouble with as a coffee addict. But I’ve found that limiting my caffeine cravings during the day (especially past noon) helps my brain to have enough time to shut down by the time I head home from work. Plus, sugary vanilla lattes and energy drinks won’t do anything to slim down your figure.
  • Don’t eat late at night. Besides the fact that eating late at night can lead to eating more calories than you need throughout the day, this bad habit can also give your body a boost of late-night energy if you’re snacking on sugary foods (Nutrition). Your digestive system needs to get rest each night so that it can do its job digesting your food for the entire next day. If you eat right before you hit the hay, you might find yourself waking up with indigestion in the middle of the night and your metabolism can slow down too.

Do you stick to a sleep schedule? Do you have any secrets for getting to bed at an early hour on weeknights?

Leave your tips and tricks in the comments below. I’d love to read them!

Team LC

Photo: This Is Glamorous
Source: Fit Day, Livestrong, WebMD, Hello Beautiful, Nutrition, Health
Categories: Allison Norton, Get Fit, Health
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  • Michelle

    thanks for the tips :-)
    will keep them in mind!


  • Ashley

    These types are truly incredible; there is so much valuable information in here! Thanks a lot for posting! It’s funny you picked today to post. Yesterday I told myself I was going to wake up extra early today, but for some silly reason, I didn’t think about going to bed much earlier and ended up in bed past midnight! Needless to say, I slept in a bit later than I wanted to, but now I know more of why it didn’t work out! Thanks again! :)

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    I’ve started a pretty consistent sleep schedule this summer (depending on what time I am scheduled to work in the morning) These tips are great and I can proudly say that I have been working on this already. I could work a bit harder on evening snacking though!


  • Ana Sofia

    Sleep well is very important for our health and beauty.


  • OpheliaEvern

    I’ve already started to get into a sleeping routine an it isn’t that easy for me :’) Thanks for the great tips! x

  • Grazi Oliveira

    I really love these kind of posts! Tks for the info, girls

  • Meghan Silva

    I actually noticed a major weight gain when I was not sleeping enough love all these tips .

  • Jodes

    If only this were possible with 3 children, one of which is just 7months. I would love 7 hours of sleep a night! LOL!

  • Ashley at Sincerely Miss Ash

    I have to have a sleep routine and if I don’t, I always find myself more tired and cranky.. Great tips..


  • Emma Acomb

    I have swim practice in the mornings so that always motivates me to get up. In the winter though, it’s easier for me to get to sleep because the earlier darkness tricks me into thinking its later. (Plus its cold and a getting into bed sounds good!)

  • Knicbax

    I have two roommates and I always get distracted talking to them or watching a show that they put on the TV and I forget what time it is until it’s already late. So, I started setting an alarm on my phone and that reminds when I should start getting ready for bed. It’s worked like a charm so far!

  • Knicbax

    I have two roommates and I always get distracted talking to them or watching a show that they put on the TV and I forget what time it is until it’s already late. So, I started setting an alarm on my phone and that reminds me when I should start getting ready for bed. It’s worked like a charm so far!

  • Allie King

    I am not an early bird whatsoever! I love to stay up late and wake up late. So to prevent myself from doing this, I make sure to take at least one class a day at college. I also schedule early classes, so I am forced to wake up early…but for now it’s summer, no classes for me!!

  • Jennlist

    In my bedroom there is no tv or a desk for studying. Those I keep in my living room, I try to maintain my bedroom as a place to relax and sleep. So if anyone wants I watch tv late at nite they can in the living room without disturbing me. I also drink chamomile tea one hour before I head to bed.

  • Jennlist

    In my bedroom there is no tv or a desk for studying. Those I keep in my living room, I try to maintain my bedroom as a place to relax and sleep. So if anyone wants to watch tv late at night they can in the living room without disturbing me. I also drink chamomile tea one hour before I head to bed :)

  • Steph Loves Cher

    I’ve been trying to figure out ways to lose weight for a while now! This is going to help me so much! Thanks!! :D

  • Sam

    Thanks so much for these tips. i am trying to loose some of my excess fat.


  • Alex Albers

    If you want to get on a good sleep schedule and are having a hard time, my best advice is to try melatonin. It’s a naturemade vitamin that gives you an extra dose of what your body already makes to help you sleep. I suggest going to bed early and a half hour before take the melatonin. It does me wonders when I have to adjust myself traveling abroad.

  • Grace

    If you live with a partner I find it really helps to go to bed together early. I’m fortunate that my boyfriend likes to hit the hay around 11:30 and wake up at 8 (early, I know!), but having someone next to me relaxed or alert helped adjust my individual sleep schedule.

  • Spender

    I always light a scented candle to make the room feel more tranquil, this coupled with reading a few pages of my book sends me off to sleep in no time (not before blowing the candle out first though!) xo

  • Emma Acomb

    I agree! Melatonin works for me all the time! And it’s natural so you’re not putting anything strange into your body.

  • Deanne Castro

    Great tips! I must try it!

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  • photosbyjaana

    I’m totally the type of person who needs to sleep to function. The first couple years of motherhood have thrown a wrench in that and I just felt like crap all the time. Now that we’re getting back to some normal sleeping, I feel so much better all around – working out again, eating better, giving my son more attention. I think sleep is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves (and the others around us!)

  • photosbyjaana

    i like melatonin too. i took it when i was having anxiety and it helped a lot.

    • Mgeezy

      have you tried it during daytime for anxiety? or just to sleep?

  • Wakita Muchox

    Scented candles help and a soothing playlist on your iPod can too! And for me, a clean room! I wish I had someone in my neighborhood to workout with.

  • KelseyMarieR

    These are some great tips! I HAVE to try them!
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  • hooleywithaz

    i cannot help with any tips for getting to bed early (i am the worst night owl, not good when you work early), but my sleep schedule is always the same. i turn into an old lady on the weekends because i get tired at the same time every night!
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  • Katy Allaire

    I always steer clear of caffeine after 4 pm (at the latest). Otherwise, I have a very difficult time getting to sleep at night. And I need my beauty rest!

  • Abby

    I’m such a night owl and love love love to sleep in, but recently this summer I noticed I’ve been feeling extremely groggy during the day and I believe it’s because of the odd hours I am sleeping. When I go to bed at a decent hour and wake up in the morning to go to my work out class, I feel 10x better! On those nights I just cannot seem to shut my brain off, melatonin really helps me relax and fall asleep naturally.

    • Mgeezy

      Melatonin has made all the difference in the world for me. However I take the higher dose of 9-12mg instead of the usual 3mg. When I’m anxious and my mind is running if I take 3 pills I dose off within ten minutes!


    Great idea !i cannot wait to try it.

  • Kate Noto

    Before I go to bed I read a book

  • megan

    I’ve recently started getting into a better sleeping pattern, sleeping at reasonable time at night and getting up earlier in the moning, it makes me feel so much better and lively during the day and my day is more fulfilled with things I need to do than being lazy. I haven’t seen it lose me any weight yet but now that I know how our beauty sleep effects us, it may begin to work xo


    Love this! I just wrote a post on natural sleep aids, cause I was having a bit of trouble

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  • lottie

    I love my bedtime…I try to get to bed for ten have a read to help me to relax.
    I too don’t eat late or drink too much caffeine. I need my sleep I feel unfunctionable without it. Plus I look tired and I dont particularly like that look!!…although I sometimes wake in the nite and struggle to get back to sleep which I find frustrating.
    I find the best gym in the evening keeps me up too so I now go mornings those works better for me.
    happy sleeping peeps.:)

  • Amy Manchester

    what if your husband is the loudest snorer ever?



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