It actually has a lot of benefits for a great sleep!
Recently, intermittent fasting has become a health trend especially for those who are looking for a new weight-loss strategy. Surprisingly, it also has benefits for sleep quality! The fasting styles vary – from the 16/8 method to spontaneous meal skipping. Did you know that the 16/8 method is a lot more achievable when you sleep on a good quality mattress like Mimpi? Mimpi has covered everything you wanted to know about intermittent fasting.
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Intermittent fasting explained
Intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating. It’s a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting is not about WHAT you eat but WHEN you eat. During intermittent fasting, you may eat during the eating window, and outside of it, you are only allowed to consume fluid such as water, coffee, tea, etc. At its very core, intermittent fasting simply allows the body to use its stored energy, by burning off excess body fat. And there is nothing wrong with that! That is how our bodies are designed!
Most Indonesian are certainly familiar with the concept of fasting since moslem is required to do it for a month every year. However, always check with your doctor before starting this fasting – since it is not for everyone including people with type 1 diabetes, binge eating disorder, pregnant women, and lactating women.
Benefits of intermittent fasting
Intermittent fasting can provide significant health benefits if it is done right, including weight loss, a reversal of type 2 diabetes, and many other things Plus, it can save you time and money by eliminating one meal (or more) a day.
We already know that eating too close to bedtime might affect your sleep quality. You technically should go to bed after 2-3 hours of eating a large meal. Within that three-hour window, your body will focus more on active digestion. When you go to bed with an empty stomach, the internal clocks in your digestive system align with the clock in your brain so that all your systems agree to go offline for sleep. This kind of fasting 0 which you can accomplish simply by eating dinner early and avoiding snacks before bed. And as a result, it can improve your sleep quality.
Popular ways to do intermittent fasting
The 16/8 method
This method involves fasting every day for 14-16 hours and restricting your daily eating window to 8-10 hours. Within the eating window, you can eat >2 meals. For example, as your last meal is 8 pm, you then go fasting for 16 hours, but actually, you go to sleep around 11 pm, sleep until 7 am (average), and then you fast again until 12 pm.
The 5:2 diet
This diet involves eating normally 5 days of the week while restricting your calorie intake to 500-600 for 2 days of the week. It is recommended that women eat 500 calories and men 600. For example, you eat normally every day except Mondays and Wednesdays. For those two days, you eat 2 small meals of 250-300 calories each.
Eat stop eat
This involves a 24-hour fast – once or twice per week. For example, you finished your last dinner at 7 p.m. on Sunday. On Monday you don’t eat until 7 p.m. Yes, you are literally fasting for 24 hours!
In this type of fasting, you fast every other day. You can either do the 24 hours fast or the 5:2 diet or other types.
The warrior diet
It involves eating small amounts of raw fruits and vegetables during the day and one huge meat at night. Basically, you fast all day and feast at night within a four-hour eating window.
Spontaneous meal skipping
Actually, you don’t need to follow a structured intermittent fasting plan to get some of its benefits. Another option is to simply skip meals from time to time, such as when you don’t feel hungry or are too busy to cook and eat. After all, you are the one who knows what best for your body!
Mimpi can help you!
Each person responds to fasting differently. Some can’t fall asleep on an empty stomach but some can. To have a good night’s sleep when you’re fasting, you need to be aware of what you eat as your last meal of the day!
You can make sleeping during intermittent fasting more comfortable with a comfortable and supportive Mimpi mattress. Mimpi’s latex mattress will help your body relax into a night of restorative sleep during your fasting day or not.
Whenever you’re ready for a good night’s sleep, we’re here to help.