It is known to all that to lose weight, dieting and exercising is crucial But what if we say that you can shed kilos even while sleeping.

Yes, the idea might seem far-fetched but it is possible. Your sleeping routine has a major impact on your mood as well as your body weight. Disruptive sleep patterns may force the body to hold onto fat when it really should not, thereby causing weight gain. So, if you think that you are burning more calories by staying awake late at night, then you might need to reconsider your decision. Here are 5 tricks to help you shed some kilos while sleeping

If you eat at night, keep it small

There are some foods that contain substances that may enhance sleep. For example, turkey and pork chops contain high levels of tryptophan, a substance that is metabolized by our bodies into serotonin and melatonin, sleep-inducing agents. In addition, some foods like cherries contain small amounts of melatonin. Other foods can be comforting, like a warm glass of milk, and this may help us to relax and mentally prepare for sleep as part of a regular bedtime routine. Alcohol in a nightcap can make us feel sleepy initially, but it wears off quickly and can actually fragment and disrupt sleep. It may also exacerbate sleep apnea by relaxing the muscles of the airway. Food can signal wakefulness in the brain and interfere with your ability to fall asleep.

Relax with breathing, meditation, or stretching

"Yoga offers a variety of benefits, from increased flexibility and strength to a calmer mind," Striking some poses before bed can have a powerful influence on sleep quality because of yoga's focus on breathing and meditation. Yoga can calm the nervous system, release the shoulders and neck, and, most importantly, allows you to focus inward, block out stress, and relax.

Blackout with blackout shades

If you live in an area that gets exposed to outdoor lights, consider blackout curtains or shades for your bedroom. Turn around any glowing clocks and keep the TV off. When you’re in complete darkness, your body produces the hormone melatonin, which not only makes you feel sleepy but can aid in the production of calorie-burning brown fat.

Schedule tea time

Wind down with a cup of rooibos tea, and burn belly fat while you do it! Naturally decaffeinated, rooibos tea is made from the leaves of the "red bush" plant, grown exclusively in South Africa. What makes rooibos tea particularly good for your belly is a unique and powerful flavonoid called Aspalathin. Research shows this compound can reduce stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage, making rooibos one of the best fat-burning foods.

Banish electronics from the bedroom

To lose weight overnight, all blue light devices laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones need to go. Studies have shown that nighttime exposure to the blue light they all emit disrupts the production of the melatonin the body needs to promote sleep.