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Does Sleeping Burn Calories?

Yes, sleeping does burn calories. Our bodies are burning calories all the time. A calorie is a unit of energy, and it takes constant energy for the human body to function.

The body burns approximately 45-55 calories per hour for the average adult. The number varies based upon your gender, size, age and over all fitness level. Typically the heavier you are the more calories your body will burn. So if the average person burns 50 calories per hour that adds up to a total of 400 calories for every eight hours of sleep. Not bad considering you’re doing nothing, but I wouldn’t go ahead and replace my trip to the gym with a nap. To put it into perspective, many people burn 400 calories in 30-45 minutes on the treadmill.

During sleep is when the body is burning the least amount of calories because it is only utilizing the minimum resources it needs. If you want to increase the number of calories your body burns while sleeping you have to increase your basal metabolic rate (BMR). Your BMR is the number of calories your body burns when you’re doing nothing.

Increasing your BMR means you would increase the number of calories your body needs to operate during all activities – including sleep. The best way to increase BMR is to eat small healthy meals every 2-3 hours, drink plenty of water and exercise.

Suzanne Somers

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