I know we hear this all the time. Some of us, since we were kids. Get your beauty rest! Make sure you sleep well! But how many of us really know how important it is for us to get plenty of good, quality sleep?? How many of us know what happens to our bodies when we don’t?? Some of us may have even deluded ourselves into thinking that we only need 4 or 5 hours of sleep. I know I used to think this was ok. The fact of the matter is, it isn’t. No matter how much we may think we are perfectly functional and only need 5 hours of sleep, our bodies tell a different story.
Reasons to get Adequate Sleep??
Hormonal imbalances, caused by sleep deprivation, can affect our appetites and how we digest foods causing one to gain weight!!
Poor sleeping patterns affect how our brain processes new information and commits them to memory.
Get sick easily?? Lack of sleep lowers the immune system!
Inadequate sleep affects our mood, making it harder (or impossible) to concentrate, making us impatient and irritable. It might be good for your family, friends and loved ones for that extra hour or two of sleep huh??
Chronic lack of sleep can also increase your stress levels and lead to cardiovascular issues.
But what can we do about this?? There are times when I am trying to get to sleep but failing, miserably!! My mind is going a mile a minute. Thinking of what I didn’t accomplish that day and what I have to handle tomorrow. It’s not easy. It really isn’t easy to get good, sufficient sleep. There are too many responsibilities, pulling one in too many directions. But you can do something about it!! There is hope!
Here are some things I have found to work for myself and my clients.
Aim to get in bed by 10-10:30PM - this allows your adrenals to replenish themselves
Get off social media, iPads, iPhones, computers, laptops 1 hour to 2 hours before bedtime - the glow from these electronics have been shown to interfere with our bodies’ circadian rhythm (No bueno...)
Start a Bedtime Ritual of your own - dim the lights, start tuning out the electronics, drink some chamomile, valerian or passion flower tea, and focus on the good things that happened that day
Eat 2-3 hours before your bedtime - this gives your body time to digest properly, making it easier to keep the weight off your waistline
Lavender Essential Oil - is amazing!! It has a calming effect on the body, which can promote a restful sleep
I find that I sleep better when I give myself the opportunity to tune out of the social media/electronic buzz that is now part of our society. There is a time and opportunity for everything, even if it may not seem that way sometimes. I encourage you to put yourself, your health and well-being (and sanity) first. If you think about it, who else is gonna take care of your family and loved ones if you’re not rested and healthy? Make yourself your No. 1 priority! It will do wonders for so many aspects of your life. It has for mine!
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