Does getting enough sleep sounds like a luxury to you? Or do you find sleep overrated? After reading this you might re-consider and put it on your priority list. Many experts suggest that quality sleep is AS important to your health and well-being as good nutrition and exercise.
Numerous studies have found that insufficient sleep increases a person’s risk of developing medical conditions, including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Which makes sense; when you sleep your body is repairing itself from all the wear and tear of daily life. When you don’t sleep enough, you can’t fully recover and over a longer period of time this will express itself in some form.
Now unfortunately getting lots of sleep alone is no guarantee of health, you’ll still need the proper nutrition and excerices to function at your best. It’s all interrelated. While more sleep sounds absolutely fabulous and much easier than exercise and eating the right things, it can be tricky.
Maybe you’re dealing with one of the following challenges:
There’s not enough time in a day.
I say it all the time; I wish the days were longer. But there’s no way around it, every single soul on this planet gets 24 hours per day, we all get the same amount of time but it’s up to us to decide how we fill it in. The majority of our days we spend at work and before and after work we have a lot of other responsibilities and things to do.
We’re putting a lot of pressure on ourselves, to do more, it’s never enough. But we’re also the ones that can take the pressure of and say; you know what,” I did enough today” Tomorrow I have another day, with 24 hours in it that I’ll spend wisely.Give yourself a break, be kind to yourself and thank yourself for all the hard work.
The great thing about sleeping more is that you’ll feel more energized which makes you much more productive and efficient with your time.
That sounds like a win-win situation to me!
I have trouble falling asleep
I used to have trouble falling asleep, especially when I have a lot on my mind
This really helps:
-If you worry about things, write it down on a piece of paper and fold it when you’re done. Place the piece of paper in any room other than the bedroom, to distance yourself from it. This way you literally separate yourself from your worries at night.
-Make a to-do list for the next day, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting it. And once you write it all down it might take not be as much as it seemed at first.
-When you lay in bed think of all the things that you are grateful for.
By doing so your energy shifts to a positive relaxing state of mind
– Don’t worry when you’re not falling asleep right away.
When you start worrying your body produces adrenaline; this hormone will increase your heart rate, and gives you a surge of energy. Even though you might not be asleep your body is still resting. You’ll fall asleep eventually, don’t fred about it.
It also helps to:
– Switch of your electronic devices an hour before going to sleep. This way your mind can process the day and slowly unwind before going to bed.
-Cut down on the amount of coffee you drink; It might get you through the day, but it may also leave your wired at night.
Have a restful night of sleep!