Over my years in practice one thing that I have always stressed along with exercise, optimal hydration and nutrition is sleep. Yet, it is rare indeed that I actually work with an individual who states that they get a satisfactory amount of sleep each night.
What is the problem?
Bed Time: Do you have one? You should. Those of you who go to bed at midnight to wake up at 5:30-6:00 am-shame on you! Our body needs time to rest and rejuvenate. To rebuild and repair. It needs at least 7 hours. Personally I think that most adults (on a regular day time work schedule) should be getting to bed by 10-11pm.
Are you on the computer until the last minute before retiring? Worse yet, are you on your laptop on while in your bed? DON’T DO THIS!!! It over stimulates your brain and makes it much more difficult to fall asleep. Turn off the Blackberrys, SmartPhones, Laptops and yes even televisions, at least 30-60 minutes before retiring for the evening.
Are you exercising after 9pm? This will also stimulate your body systems, in turn making it more difficult for your body to slow down into quality rest mode in time for bed.
Are you drinking large quantities of liquids in the evening? If so, be ready for your bladder to wake you up. (Hopefully there is no caffeine in those liquid calories).
Are you falling asleep in front of the television late in the evening? Transporting yourself to your bedroom at 2am is also not ideal for quality sleep.
Inadequate sleep can contribute to weight gain, the retention of extra pounds, feelings of stress and tension, slower healing rates and poor performance. No one wants to live like this! You have the ability to do something about it. Schedule your sleep. Take the steps necessary to promote better quality sleep. Enjoy your sleep…