So Which Came First? A Chicken or Egg Kind of Dilemma
We hear it all the time. "I have so much stress and my life is so crazy, I'm not getting enough sleep." Hmmm, it just might be a possibility that a lack of sleep could cause chaos in your life. It is interesting to consider, is not enough sleep adding to your stress or is your stress causing you not to sleep.
The National Sleep Foundation says the average adult should get eight or more hours of sleep every night. Most of us only get closer to six or seven. Sleepless nights can lead to chaotic days with fatigue, drowsiness and overall poor performance. These conditions could make us more prone to having accidents which lead to injuries or even death. And even our general health can be affected. Consistently not getting a good night's rest is a factor in a number of chronic and life-threatening health conditions.
Don't Think Not Getting Enough Sleep is a Big Deal?
Maybe it is time to think again. There are some serious consequences to not getting enough sleep. A study by the University of Chicago showed a relationship between hypertension/high blood pressure and shorter sleep patterns. It is thought this is from not providing your heart enough time for your blood pressure to be at rest. Other studies have shown that poor sleep habits early in life are likely to show up as being overweight later in life. Not getting enough sleep has an impact on metabolism and appetite control. And who wants to exercise when you are tired and feeling fatigued from a lack of sleep? And if you have a chronic lack of sleep, you can feel moody, anxious, aggressive which leads to stress in your relationships, job, self image and confidence, which can lead to high blood pressure. Wow! It is a cycle that can have a huge negative impact on your life.
Are You Convinced It's Time to Take Action?
Maybe it is time to get serious about getting some serious sleep. Here are some healthy sleep habits that can help you get the rest you need:
- Strive to eat a more healthy diet. This lifestyle change makes a difference in so many areas including the quality of your sleep. Avoid heavy meals in the evening. Why not try a Life Shake to give you the protein, fiber and probiotics you need?
- Avoid unhealthy habits. We all know that drinking alcolhol and smoking is hard on our health but did you know they can make it hard to fall and stay asleep? Avoid caffeine, especially later in the day.
- Decide on and stick to a sleep schedule. This is really hard to stick with, especially on the weekends. But if a lack of sleep is affecting your quality of life, isn't it worth a try? Set it for 30 days and see if it makes a difference in how you feel.
- Be mindful in getting ready for sleep. Do you go non-stop until your head hits the pillow? Sometimes, that is unavoidable. Make it a habit on most days to wind down with reading, meditating, and avoiding electronics (really!).
- Optimize your bedroom for sleep. It's been a trend to expand your bedroom with sitting areas, massive screens, kitchenettes, computer/game stations. But what about for sleep? Make sure the room is dark enough, quiet, without electronic lights, and has a comfortable mattress and pillows with support.
Adjust your supplement routine. Sometimes a deficiency can get in the way of restful sleep. Magnesium could help to improve sleep and settle restless legs - Chewable Cal Mag Plus or Sustained Release VitalMag are smart choices (click on the links for more info). A natural, healthy sleep supplement, like Gentle Sleep Complex may help as well.
Still Not Convinced that Lack of Sleep Could Cause Chaos in Your Life?
Make a commitment to eat healthy, get adequate exercise earlier in the day and take action to promote good sleep. If you still have difficulty, please seek the advice of a medical professional. Yes, sleep is that important to your well being.
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