Catching your ZZZ’s
Diet, exercise and sleep are all important pieces to maintaining your health, but one has the edge as it affects nearly every essential function of our bodies.
Plenty of us view quality sleep as optional. Order a Venti ☕️ the next morning and you’re golden, right? Not really. The costs of sacrificing sleep are extremely high. In the short-term, mental functioning is impaired, our mood is negatively impacted, and our bodies don’t recover from injury as well.
Over the long-term, poor sleep is associated with impaired brain health, high blood pressure, weight gain and a decrease in the immune system’s power.
So how do we improve the quantity and quality of our sleep?
Go to bed earlier — and at a set time
Sounds obvious right? The problem is there’s no alternative. You’re already waking up at the latest possible time you think is acceptable. If you don’t ritualize a specific bedtime, you’ll end up finding ways to stay up later, just the way you do nowJ
Unplug at least 30-minutes before bed
You won’t fall asleep if you’re all wound up from answering emails, or doing other work. Create a ritual around drinking a cup of herbal tea, or listening to music that helps you relax, or reading a dull book (not a romance novel).
Clear your mind
Write down what’s on your mind, especially unfinished to-do’s and unresolved issues. If you leave items in your working memory, they will make it harder to fall asleep, and you’ll end up pondering about them if you should wake up during the night.
Sleep has become one of my non-negotiables. With sufficient sleep, I feel better, I work with more focus, and I manage my emotions better, which is good for everyone around me.😁
Getting the proper amount of sleep each night is necessary to face the world with your best foot forward. Catching your zzz’s will help you on the road to good fitness, good eating and good health.
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