Do you wake up feeling refreshed?
I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling the impact of not getting a quality nights sleep. Yet with all the info and reminders about why sleep is important, we still struggle. Here is a quick look at the benefits of quality sleep, costs of not getting it and ways you can set yourself up for success.
Supports metabolism (lose fat, gain muscle)
DNA and tissue repair
Regulates hormones, blood sugar and blood lipids (fats)
Think, learn and remember better
Calmer, more emotionally stable
Decreased libido, immunity
High blood pressure
Poor concentration, memory, coordination and balance
Fatigue both physical and mental
Increased urge to eat
Keep the room quiet and dark, at a comfortable temperature
Exercise during the day
Turn off stimulating electronics
Brain dump, put all your thoughts on paper so you’re not lying in bed thinking about your to do list!
Avoid large meals before bed and caffeine/stimulants at least 8hrs before sleeping
Consistent wake-up and sleep times
Fall asleep within 20mins (if you don’t, get out of bed, do something different, listen to music, read etc. However, not electronics. Then go back to bed again).
Everyone is different, you may work shifts, be a new parent, work with a different time zone etc. More doesn’t always mean better, so look at what works for you and how you might implement some success ideas.
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