“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”
I used to think that my mother was being overdramatic at breakfast when she would say, "I haven't slept all night long. I was just tossing and turning forcing the problems in my head to quiet.” It was a statement she made so often, I considered it her breakfast trademark. In my youth I did not consider sleep a necessary part of my health or wellbeing. Then 3 years ago, I was going through a very challenging time and couldn't sleep at all. I observe my friends who face difficulties and cannot sleep. I can confirm from your skin to your relationships, sleep affects everything. These days, most of us are sleep deprived than not. It is such a big problem that the center for disease control and prevention (CDC) declared it a public health epidemic - similar to the warning issued about smoking cigarettes decades ago.
Sleep is Important!
Not sleeping is hurting you - it's making you sick- you experience changes in your mood, you suffer headaches and your hormones become imbalanced; it's making you fat- if you don't have enough sleep you most likely to reach for high calorie carbs and don't have impulse control; it's making you slow- just one night of sleep has been proven to make your brain struggle to put thoughts together. You are likely to miss important messages. Insomnia eventually makes your mind overreact to workloads eventually wearing it out. If you don't want your brain to be shrink it’s important to develop quality sleep habits:
1. Don’t nap during the day
2. Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol too close to bedtime
3. Limit food before sleep
4. Avoid bright lights and electronic screens after the sun goes down
5. Avoid heavy conversations and emotional activities before bed. You need a calm brain for a quality sleep.
6. Ensure that your sleep environment is relaxing and free of disturbance
7. Make sure your room temperature is not too cold and not too hot.
8. Associate your bed with sleep. (Okay, and sex!)
We need 7 to 9 hours a night sleep for our brain and body to perform best. Good night! I wish you the sweetest sleep.