13. Sleeping — Yes!
We all know how important sleep is to our overall health but have you ever stopped to think if you burn calories while sleeping? Research shows that we do! The brain uses about 20% of your body’s calorie intake each day, and it continues to use this even when you’re asleep in dreamland. Rest is vital to help you burn calories, and interestingly, oversleeping isn’t doing your metabolism any favors. In fact, it’s slowing it down! Sleep is undoubtedly the perfect way to burn calories without even sweating. That is unless you have a terrifying nightmare!
Further proving the point that we burn calories when we sleep is that too little sleep has been linked not only to poor health but obesity as well. When we aren’t getting proper sleep, we harm our metabolism. While too little sleep isn’t good, neither is too much sleep. There is also a correlation between that and increased appetite when you oversleep, which won’t be doing your calorie intake any favors. So, make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep, and you’ll be setting yourself up well.