Why a late dinner is bad news for your waistline

Is it bad to eat late at night? This question is coming up a lot in my work with clients. Luckily, several research groups are investigating how meal timing affects metabolic health. (And sleep – but I will talk about that latter point in more detail in a different post). In this blog, I will summarise the findings from two recent studies, and I focus on how the timing of your biggest daily meal and eating late can impact weight loss. And the opposite, weight gain and obesity.

Is your inner critic giving you a hard time for not sleeping well?

When we make a mistake, we often blame and point the finger at ourselves for what we perceive as a major personal short-coming. Within seconds our mind starts to beat us up, wielding an invisible measurement stick and complaining that “You should have done this better, you are simply not good enough! Who will like you? You are a failure!” And these might be some of the ‘nicer’ thoughts that your mind hurls at you. But even when we are not making mistakes, our critical mind, the inner bully, is constantly evaluating what we are doing and how well we are doing it.

Bedtime procrastination – why bedtimes are different to bodytimes

Bedtime procrastination means that people don’t go to bed and sleep ‘on time’ although there is nothing preventing them from doing so. It’s an intention-behaviour gap. They intend to go to bed but then stay up for another while. What’s the big deal you might ask? Well, less opportunity to sleep and therefore more sleep deprivation and tiredness the next day at work.

Do this when you wake up at 3am

It’s normal to wake up during the night, we all do it several times. Usually we don’t remember them because not only are they short, we also just roll over and slip back into sleep.

However, when you find yourself lying in bed around 3am or the witching hour, as some call it, unable to get back to sleep, quiet quickly your mind starts to get busy with thinking. Racing from one thought to the next with no end in sight, your mind can feel like washing machine stuck in the spinning cycle. Then there is this strong feeling of anxiety in your tummy or chest that suddenly pings up. Your heart is pounding loud and fast. You can’t stop tossing and turning wishing to be anywhere but here in your bed. 

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3️⃣ ways to support your body through menopause and those hot flashes!! 🥵💤 SLEEP - Sleep is so important for us all, at all stages of life! But hot flashes can really get in the way of this, so when it comes to sleep, choose clothes which allow you to feel cool and ventilated but also remember the chills that come after the hot flash, have a layer near by or longer pyjamas in a very breathable material.🌿 NATURAL REMEDIES - HRT is an often taken route to avoiding the effects of the hot flashes. However, staying in tune with your body, you can look to more natural remedies for this too.You might try sage which can be found in supplement form, or black cohosh to help manage hot flashes.🩵 SELF COMPASSION - Understanding that your body is going through a very natural change and needs a little compassion is a wildly underrated technique to managing hot flashes. Self-compassion is a powerful assistant in helping your body to navigate the menopause.If you have questions or wanrt to know more, I’d love to hear from you, drop into the comments of my DM’s and don’t forget that you can easily book a on obligation consuklation call with me if sleep is something you’d like to focus on to support your wellbeing.#sleep #menopause #womenshealth #womenswellbeing #perimenopause #menopausehealth ... See MoreSee Less
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