I had a wonderful night’s sleep last night, which felt amazing considering I was lacking on some good ‘shut eye’ from my weekend! I can really feel a difference in how my body feels when I get enough sleep vs. not getting enough. On average I get 8-10 hours of sleep a night. I love to sleep! I go to bed between 9 and 10pm and wake up between 6 and 7am.
The Harvard Women’s Health Watch suggests six reasons to get enough sleep:
- Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.
- Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
- Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.
- Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
- Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.
- Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.
Some common causes of poor sleep or insomnia:
- Depression or other mental health issues
- Anorexia or being underweight
- Being overweight or obese
- Drug abuse
Tips on Getting Better Sleep
- Create a better sleep environment
- Develop a relaxing bedtime routine
- Get stress and anxiety under control
- Learn how to get back to sleep
- Optimize your sleep schedule
- Improve your diet
- Get regular Exercise
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What works for me:
I have never had issues with sleeping (knock on wood!) and I can fall asleep easily every night.
I attribute this with always having a regular sleep schedule. Even when I was younger in high school and college, I always knew getting enough sleep was important and would go to bed at a decent time. I have NEVER pulled an ‘all nighter’ when studying. I definitely used time management to set aside time for school work without it hurting my sleep.
I have also been exercising regularly for a long time and I think that helps with falling asleep, as well as eating a healthy diet and eating enough.
When I do notice I am having a difficult time sleeping I know that it’s most likely due to stress and I try and nip that in the butt as soon as I can and actually make a plan to deal with the stress rather than let it keep eating at me and my sleep.
This morning I jumped right back into my normal routine after my weekend of fun. It was not as hard as I thought it would be! I took the pups on our morning stroll and enjoyed the nice weather before it gets in the 90s this afternoon.
For breakfast I had a big ol’ bowl of cereal with fresh strawberries and almond milk. This combination never gets old!
I tried a new cereal, which was like Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I loved it!
Today was a cardio day to kick off my workout week. I had four days off from the gym due to traveling, which was a nice break and I felt a lot more energized today!
I started with 40 minutes on the Arc Trainer and finished with 15 minutes of walking on the treadmill at an 8% incline.
I have some chicken cooking in the crock pot today to make shredded chicken tacos tonight. I can’t wait! I am always in the mood for mexican food!
This morning I roasted up some broccoli and red potatoes to have on the side with my tacos. I seasoned em’ up with salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, and drizzled with a tbsp of olive oil. I baked them at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes.
Here are a few more pictures from this weekend’s wedding fun!
Some of my best friends from college, we all keep in tough regularly!
The Bride and Groom had a chocolate fountain, which was amazing. I had a number of goodies dipped in chocolate including strawberries, marshmellows, rice crispy treats, and pretzels.
How much sleep do you typically get each night?
Do you have a regular sleep schedule?
What would you dip into the chocolate fountain?