If you are struggling to lose belly fat and get a flat tummy, sleep may be the answer you are looking for. Yes, you still need to follow a healthy diet and workout, but unless you are getting enough sleep, you are not going to see the results you are looking for. The following looks at how much sleep you need to get each night, as well as four ways to get rid of stubborn body fat simply by sleeping.

Be sure you are getting between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. It is very important not to get less than seven hours each night because you will not have enough energy to work out effectively. In addition, your body releases hormones while you sleep that help your body recover from tough workouts. However, if you are sleeping too much +, your body will begin to break down muscles and tissues that are necessary to help you achieve a flat stomach.

Now, here are four suggestions, based on science, to facilitate fat loss while you sleep.

1. Right before you turn in for the night, do some stretches. Not only will stretching help relax your muscles and ease tension, but it improves your circulation. Sleep can be almost impossible if your body is tense. Just a few minutes of stretching will facilitate restful sleep.

2. Make sure your bedroom is conducive to sleep. Create an environment that encourages sleep. To do this, get rid of any bright lights. If you sleep with a nightlight, turn it off. If you have an electronic device in your room that emits any type of light, block it. (Any kind of light can keep you up.) Also, remove your TV and computer. In fact, leave your phone and iPad out in the living room too. There are only two things you should use your bedroom for: sleep and sex. Everything else should be done somewhere else.

3. Make sure your bedroom is the right temperature. A study published in the journal Diabetes indications that turning up the air conditioner in the summer or turning down the heat in the winter can help get rid of belly fat you have stored up while you are sleeping. You should also be sure not to do anything right before bed that makes you hot, including taking a hot bath. Yes, it may help relax you, but it will also take longer to fall sleep as your body attempts to cool back down.

4. Do not go to sleep with a full stomach. However, do not confuse this with meaning that you should go to bed hungry. Going to bed hungry means that you are more likely to wake up through the night, which is never a good thing. Going to bed full means that your body is forced to digest food while you are sleeping, which can interrupt your sleep. Your body must produce acid for proper digestion. If you are laying down flat, the acid is more likely to go up instead of down, which will make you too uncomfortable to sleep.

If you are tired of working out day after day and watching what to eat without seeing the results you are looking for, it is time to get some sleep.