Getting enough I mean?
Adequate sleep is critical for maintaining good health, but it’s often the first thing we’ll allow to slip when life gets in the way. Yet, without optimal sleep we can’t be at our best either physically or mentally.
I’m currently reading a great book called The Healthy Home, by Dr Myron Wentz and Dave Wentz which states that:
“In the typical adult, even a week of getting two to three hours less than the optimum amount of sleep needed each night seriously undermines mood, alertness and performance.”
So why is sleep so important?
There are 3 crucial things your body does while you’re in a slumber:
1. Your brain recharges
2. Your cells repair themselves
3. Your body releases important hormones including growth hormone, which is crucial for muscle growth and development
Do YOU sleep well every night?
If not, the tips below could help…
* Ensure your bedroom is pitch black. Even the smallest bit of light can signal to the body that it’s time to get up.
* Keep the temperature in your bedroom nice and cool.
* Keep your bedroom fresh by opening the window daily.
* Limit your caffeine intake – especially later in the day.
* Don’t eat right before bedtime – allow enough time for digestion.
* Don’t use your laptop, iPad or watch TV in your bedroom. Studies have shown that technology in the bedroom makes it harder not only to fall asleep, but to stay asleep once you do.
* Don’t drink water right before sleeping.
* Free your mind. Don’t take the days drama to bed with you. If something is bothering you then write it down in a notepad, and leave it until the next day.
* Take a hot bath.
* Workout early on in the day. Exercise stimulates the body’s stress hormone cortisol which you don’t want whirling around your body when you’re trying to catch some Zzzzz’s.
Give some of these tips a try and let me know how you get on. If you have any others to add to my list, I’d LOVE to hear them!