Healthy Lifestyle Challenge #4 – Get Some zzzzz’s!

Although most of us know that eating healthy and exercising regularly are important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, many of us underestimate the importance of getting enough sleep.

TODAY’S CHALLENGE:

Go to bed a half hour earlier than normal tonight.

Why?

Most people don’t get enough sleep. Adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night to reap the following benefits:

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How?

Here are some tips to help you get a good nights sleep:

  • Stick to a Sleep Schedule 
    • going to bed at the same time each night, and getting up at the same time each morning  – even on weekends – sets your bodies internal clock to expect to sleep at a certain time each night
  •  Pay Attention to What You Eat and Drink 
    • don’t go to bed hungry to stuffed – you’re discomfort may keep you up
    • limit how much you drink before bed to avoid having to pee in the middle of the night
    • avoid caffeine and nicotine – both are stimulants and can produce alerting effects. Although they may not keep you up, they are most likely disrupting your sleep.
    • avoid alcohol – although alcohol is a depressant, it actually disrupts sleep causing nighttime awakenings
  • Establish a Regular Bedtime Routine
    • do the same things each night to let your body know its time to wind down
    • take a bath, read a book or meditate
    • avoid stressful and stimulating activities
  • Get Some Exercise
    • regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and help you sleep more soundly
    • be sure not to exercise too close to bedtime – you may be too energized to fall asleep!

Going to bed early is not a problem for me! I love being in bed 9, I read for a bit and most nights I’m out cold before 10 – it’s great I get at least 8 hours of quality sleep!

How much sleep do you get each night?
What’s your usual nighttime routine?

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3 responses to “Healthy Lifestyle Challenge #4 – Get Some zzzzz’s!

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