Fidgeting in bed could be your body's best weight loss tactic

Surprising research reveals fidgeting to be self-regulating mechanism that helps some people burn off extra calories

Fidgeting in bed and weight loss: Emma mattress
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Are you a fidget in bed? This could actually be good news – just not for your partner when they're trying to sleep well at night. Surprisingly research into the science of fidgeting reveals that fidgeting may be the human body's unconscious self-regulating mechanism that can help with stress relief and weight loss. 

One study has even shown that fidgeting increases your calorie burn rate by as much as 30 per cent. So, if you're regularly fidgeting in bed, this may be your body responding to a excess calorie intake – or it could explain why you're slim, despite a very healthy appetite. 

Some people also fidget in order to manage stressful situations – the really weird thing is that boredom can also feel like stress. This means that if you're the personality type that generally prefers being switched on and stimulated, going to bed can feel boring (and therefore stressful), hence the fidgeting in order to keep yourself stimulated. The result? Calories are burnt, too.

Even more interestingly, fidgeting has a strong genetic component: if you have family members who fidget, you probably do too. None of this is particularly reassuring for non-fidgeting, long-suffering partners, especially when it comes to them trying to sleep while you perform horizontal athletics. 

The solution? Unlike snoring, fidgeting is fairly easy to cope with – if you have a mattress that combats motion transfer effectively. That accounts for the majority of the ones we've tried on our best mattress hit list – from there you can also read the reviews we've written on each mattress for more real-life reporting on this. 

We spoke to Philipp Wagner, director of research and development at the Emma  mattress company, and he talked about the benefits of their mattress' anti-motion transfer foam: 'It provides a unique advantage for individuals to rotate and move as they would normally in bed, without jostling their partner,' he says. 

The upside of this for you both is that you can fidget all night long, burning calories all the while, and your partner can sleep undisturbed at your side.