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“One of the easiest ways to start living a healthier lifestyle isn’t by hitting the gym. It’s by hitting the snooze button,” he says, “Nothing wrecks your appetite and your willpower like being tired and cranky, yet most people aren’t getting the 7-9 hours of sleep a night that an adult requires.”
Thurman explains that a lack of sleep negatively impacts two of the body’s hormones that control appetite: ghrehlin and leptin. He says, “When you don’t get enough sleep, your leptin levels go down, which can be very dangerous for your waistline, as leptin works to suppress appetite. In turn, your ghrelin levels go up, and that could mean your appetite will also increase.”
What are Thurman’s no-fail ways to get more sleep?
“Exercise first thing in the morning, not right before bed,” he says, “And, avoid alcohol and food 2 hours before sleeping. Instead, sip some water or herbal non-caffeinated tea. Spritz your pillow with lavender, which is shown to help promote rest. And, avoid TV and screen time: Instead, read, meditate, or take a warm bath.”
About Joey Thurman: Joey Thurman is a health, fitness, nutrition expert and the creator of The Lifestyle Renovation, a website dedicated to helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. Joey was named the best trainer in Chicago by the Chicago Sun Times in 2015. He has appeared on CBS, WGN, FOX, ABC and WCIU sharing his insights as a celebrity fitness trainer, published author and nutrition expert. Joey’s work has been featured in publications such as U.S. News and World Report, People Magazine, Livestrong.com, BodyBuilding.com, Inspiyr, TimeOut Chicago, RedEye, American Global Traveler, CaliDiet, Chicago Sun Times, and Brazen Women. Joey is a fashion model represented by Chosen Model Management where he works with brands including Neiman Marcus, Abercrombie, Jockey, Kohl's, and Carson Pirie Scott. He has also appeared on the covers of Healthy for Men and TimeOut Chicago. Joey is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), a Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS), a Certified Corporate Nutrition Professional (CCNP) and a FITchef. For more information, please visit www.thelifestylerenovation.com and follow Joey on Instagram and Twitter at @JoeyThurmanFit.