Get Some Sleep!
6, 7, 8 hours…what works best for you?
Studies show that 8 hours of sleep a night is what seems to be best for most adults; however, many of us are not getting that much and what is worse is that we really tend to think we do not need that much. This often stems from the fact that we do not get enough sleep and think we are “functioning” fine, when in reality we just don’t realize how much BETTER we could function if we just got some more sleep!
Sleep does what?!
Anatomically speaking, are you aware of all the things that happen in your body when you are asleep? Did you know that you even burn calories while sleeping?!!
Let me share with you some other wonderful things that happen when we sleep:
- our brains rest and memory improves
- reduced inflammation
- we live longer and have better quality of life
- creativity improves
- hormones stabilize and help with weight control
- decreased stress levels & increased ability to deal with stress
- improved moods and quality of relationships
What I have realized is that I absolutely function best throughout my day on 8+ hours of sleep. That is not to say this always happens, but it is something I strive for. Which also means that I am sometimes in bed at the same time, or even before my kids go to bed, since I get up most weekday mornings at 5am.
Regardless, one of my goals this year is to make sure I am nurturing my body by giving it enough rest. If that means that I need to close my door and take a 20 minute power nap mid-day, then so be it. Who doesn’t love a nap? Working from home, I am aware how blessed I am to have that opportunity. But if you can, try it!! Feeling tired mid-afternoon? Just set a timer on your phone, close your door, lean your head back and close your eyes. 20 minutes may be all you need to jump-start the rest of your day.
I do have many friends and clients who have problems falling asleep and/or staying asleep. There are many steps we can take to improve sleep and quality of sleep. Maybe you could benefit from some of these suggestions.
Wishing you all a fabulous week, productive day and peaceful night of sleep.