Can You Burn Calories While You Sleep?

How in the world do you burn calories while you sleep? You may not understand this phenomena, but it’s true that everyone does burn some calories while they sleep.

TRUTH-if you work out in a specific manner earlier in your day you’ll sleep better and burn more calories. Building muscle will help you keep a higher basal metabolic rate (BMR), which means that you’ll have a higher metabolism throughout the day…and at night.

Sleep time is a great time, but it’s also a time when your body continues to work to repair itself. The magic of sleep? Today, I’ll share with you how this happens, and how you can make it work for you in your everyday life.

Burn Calories While You Sleep With Hormone Power

If someone told you that a specific hormone would give you the power to burn calories while you sleep would you believe them?

Everyone produces a hormone called human growth hormone (HGH). This hormone is what helps the muscles and bones repair overnight while you sleep.

The great thing about this, is because you know what helps you burn calories overnight you can do something about it. Recently, I was reading an article by Mike Espinosa, a trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp in New York City.

Espinosa shared his insight into a beautiful thing that I promote. This is all about no gym membership needed, no equipment, and no sweat workout.

This is a specific sequence that involves a 5-minute warm-up and then targeting specific muscle groups.

The sequence is the following as stated in the article on

How it works: Repeat this sequence twice

20 pushups

20 seconds of elbow plank

20 seconds of right side plank

20 seconds of left side plank

20 squats

20 alternating lunges

20 jump squats or 20-second wall sit

5-Minute Yoga Sequence

Knee to Shoulder

A While in plank position, with arms straightened and back rounded, bend right knee and bring it to right shoulder

B Open right leg to right side.

C Bring right leg back up to Downward Dog Split. Repeat on other side. Repeat five times.

Plank Pose

A From downward facing dog, shift to a plank pose.

B Bring elbows down and come to forearms.

C Clasp hands. Tuck toes, and press heels back. Lengthen through torso. Press forearms down on the floor to create space between shoulder blades.

Open chest. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds.

Bridge Pose

A Lying on back, bend knees and place both feet flat on the floor at hip distance apart. Slide your arms out alongside body, with palms facing down.

B Press feet into the floor and lift hips up and clasp hands below pelvis. Extend through the arms, lift chest up, and chin off chest. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds.

Reclining Bound Angle Pose

A Lie back on pillows or a bolster so that it’s supporting upper and middle back. Rest head on a folded blanket.

B Press soles of feet together and let knees fall open to both sides. Pull shoulder blades gently inward and allow arms to relax at sides with palms facing up. Hold for 60 seconds. (Like this routine? We have even more Yoga Poses to Boost Your Metabolism.)

This information can be found in the original article, written by Ravelle Worthington on, where you can learn more about burning calories while you sleep.

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