Are you sleeping enough?

I’ve always been a big fan of sleep but like many, over the years the habit of checking my social media at night has kept me up and well past my bedtime. And of course, it’s easy to get caught up in some exciting ‘late night’ TV.

So in order to better understand what lack of sleep can do to you, I thought I’d share a few information I’ve gleaned.

 

Firstly, there a lot of health problems associated with chronic sleep deprivation including diabetes, heart attacks, heart failure or stroke.  Most importantly, lack of sleep has shown to increase the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Now that’s interesting in itself as many of us do claim to be ‘stressed’. Could it just be that we’re not sleeping enough?

 

The truth is if we fail to get sufficient sleep, we build up a sleep debt. And the symptoms of sleep deprivation are wide and varied and can actually affect your life really badly. These symptoms include;

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Yawning
  • Moodiness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Depressed mood
  • Difficulty learning new concepts
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to concentrate or a fuzzy head (“um, sounds familiar”)
  • Lack of motivation
  • Clumsiness
  • Increased appetite and cravings for carbohydrate
  • Reduced sex drive.

 

The good news is that there are many things you can do to get a good night’s sleep.
  • Going to bed when you’re tired.
  • Following a routine and keeping it consistent.
  • Avoiding eating 2-3 hours before bedtime – after all, food is fuel and why would you want a full tank of ‘fuel’ before bedtime?
  • Reading is great – there is nothing like a good book to send you off to the land of nod.
  • Turn off all electronic devices when you sleep – so no Facebook or social media you night owls!

 

I like to meditate before bedtime. Something nice and calming (isn’t all meditation?). I tend to put it on and can guarantee you if you focus and listen you will be asleep before you know it.  It works a treat for me!

 

With love,

 

Tracey B x
Lifestyle Consultant
#DestinationHappyGirl


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