Sleep. Is it overrated or do we really need the 7-9 hours “they” say we need?
How do you feel when you wake up? Are you refreshed and ready for a full day or are you about ready to fall back in bed for a nap?
When we don’t get enough sleep it’s important to look at what we do once we wake up. Let’s see what kinds of foods we eat through the day, what types of drinks are you drinking, what activities are you doing each day, how much stress you have and how you relieve that stress.
Sleep deprivation causes you to gain weight, while decent sleep helps you to lose weight. Not sleeping enough causes you and your body systems (including important hormones) to become sluggish and inefficient. When your body slows down, you gain weight. (mindbodygreen.com)
40 percent of American adults get six hours or less per night; 58 percent of teens average only seven hours of sleep or less. What really happens to our bodies when we don’t get enough sleep? One study cited mental agility tasks became much more difficult for the participants when they got less sleep. So does this mean your productivity at work is less than stellar? Are your relationships suffering because of your lack of sleep?
Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that lack of sleep is a public health epidemic, noting that insufficient sleep has been linked to a wide variety of health problems. For example, getting less than five hours of sleep per night may double your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and/or stroke. Research has also found a persistent link between lack of sleep and weight gain, insulin resistance, and diabetes. (mercola.com)
There are things we can do to sleep better. A good night’s sleep begins when we wake up. What are the first things we do in the morning? What do we eat during the day? If we do the “good” things during the day it helps us sleep better at night.
Let’s talk about ways to become better sleepers, become better at relaxing and getting into a routine and how you start your day to get better sleep. Essential oils and herbs can help but so can your food and water intake.
Come and learn from one another. If we can put just one or two things into place to help our health your time will be worth it!