Sleep: Total Wellness Principle #5Featured, Wellness Tips
We all know that sleep is important… not to mention one of the greatest things in the universe!
I, like you, LOVE to sleep. We’re always looking to hit the snooze button and get just ten (or 20) more glorious minutes of sweet, satisfying sleep before getting up for work, or school, or whatever it is that causes you to be a called a semi-responsible person. Still, studies have shown that we are getting less and less sleep everyday.
We want to go above and beyond at work; we want to give all the time and attention that our children can possibly ask for; we want to nurture our relationships with our significant others, family, friends, coworkers; and we want to look flawless doing it!
You might ask me, “What’s wrong with that?” Well, in a perfect world? Nothing. But, in our world, trying to do it all and be it all usually means shaving off a few minutes of sleep.
The average adult needs between seven (7) and nine (9) hour of sleep to function at our peak healthy levels. Yet, most of us get six (6) or fewer hours of sleep each night.
We have to do better. So, let’s start here and now!
The National Sleep Foundation (Yes, that’s a real thing) has a few tips to help you with your sleep hygiene:
- Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.
- Avoid large meals before bedtime.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime.
- Avoid nicotine.
Remember, sleep is directly associated to your overall health and well-being. Which means, the less sleep you have each night, the less energy and focus you have to devote to your work, family, friend, and, most importantly your general wellness.
So, get some more sleep. You’re body’s begging you for it!