Want to lose weight without exercise? Fidgeting in bed is your best tactic

Lockdown bingeing mean you need to lose weight? Fidgeting to be self-regulating mechanism that helps some people burn off extra calories. Are you a fidget?

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Do you want to lose weight? 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 (opens in new tab) reveals that fidgeting may be the human body's unconscious self-regulating mechanism that can help with stress relief and weight loss. 

One study (opens in new tab) 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 – something we can all relate to at the moment. Others fidget to manage boredom, which can also feel like stress (opens in new tab) – something you may have noticed when trying to homeschool impatient kids. 

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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Anna is Content Editor at Real Homes. She moved to the world of interiors from academic research in the field of English Literature and photography. She is the author of London Writing of the 1930s and has a passion for contemporary home decor and gardening. At Real Homes, she covers a range of topics, from practical advice to interior and garden design.