When life gets going it seems that sleep time starts to slow down. What I mean by that is we aren't giving ourselves enough time to "reset" our bodies.
Do you find yourself getting 7-8 hours of sleep a day? I have a feeling some people might chuckle at that question because the answer is NO for most. It might seem OK to run on low for a few weeks but you are digging yourself in a deeper and deeper hole that will only be bad in the end.
When you sleep you get your maximum recovery and growth. It is a crucial sign for staying fit and healthy. If you are deprived of sleep it can lead to circulatory problems, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, and it can leave you with the inability to process carbohydrates and manage stress. If you are sleepy during the day you are increasing the levels of cortisol in your blood which encourages insulin resistance.
Studies show that men and women who sleep less than 6 hours or more than 9 hours, have a higher mortality rate, higher cancer rate and higher risk for heart disease. Not to mention, sleeping more than 10 hours can lead to loss of bone density.
Now, I know most don't have the problem of too much sleep, so let's focus on not enough sleep. Not enough sleep can impair your mental functions. I saw a study done on the news one time that took people who hadn't slept for 24 hours and put them in a car with 2 other people (the passenger had control of a second brake). What they found was the driver was opening up the windows to try and "wake up," had the music very loud and they were speeding and slowing down at odd times. Pretty scary, huh? Did you ever think that not enough sleep can also put OTHERS into harm? It's almost as bad as drunk driving.
I made it clear that you need sleep and a good amount of it. How are you going to fix it now? Here are some tips to improve your sleep patterns:
- Sleep in a dark bedroom that doesn't have a lot of sunlight.
-Keep your work space and sleeping space separate.
-Don't watch tv before bed but try reading.
-Don't drink caffeine after midday.
-Invest in a GOOD mattress- you would be surprised at how much this can help.
-Try some yoga moves or meditation before bed.
Try these adjustments to your daily routine and see how your body adjusts. Remember to rest and recover your body!
In good health,
Cristina Walterman, owner of CW Physique, let's you in on fitness and nutrition tips, recipes, exercises and much more. With over 8 years of experience in the industry, she loves to inspire and motivate individuals. She always practices what she preaches and leads by example.