For so many women, a full night’s sleep seems like the promised land and you feel like you’ve been wandering in the wilderness for the past 40 years.
That wasn’t always the case.
If you were like most littles and teenagers you never wanted to sleep when you needed to. At any time you could run yourself to the point of exhaustion then simply crash for the afternoon to “catch up”. Sleep didn’t so important to your health. You had no idea that there were multiple functions that took place while you slept or that just one hour of lost sleep could result in an increased risk of obesity. Maybe you even caught yourself saying “I’ll sleep later.”
Let’s talk a minute about the importance of sleep and the long-term effects of the lack of those golden hours of rest.
The long-term effects include:
- Increased risk of accidents
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Increased risk of stroke
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Weakened immune system
I think you get the picture.
We can be honest about the fact that 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night may not be possible. But I think we’ve established that sleep needs to be a priority in your life. Don’t worry sis, I’ve got 3 secrets for you to help you find the land of sweet dreams.
Keep a Schedule
Your body operates on a schedule. You have optimal times for the sleep & wake cycle. Did you know the majority of the body magic takes place starting at 11:00 PM? So you want to be asleep by then. In fact, you want to go to bed & wake up at the same time every day, even weekends.
Caffeine has a definite impact on your circadian rhythm. Don’t drink it after 2:00 PM. If you have a caffeine sensitivity or anxiety, then steer clear of caffeine altogether
Electromagnetic frequencies are over-stimulating for the body. Turn the WI-FI off at night, as well as all electrical equipment & electrical alarms in the bedroom. Don’t worry if you use your phone as your alarm, just place your phone in airplane mode. If you need to be available for teenagers or older kids…just in case of emergency, then you can set your favorites to be able to contact you even in the super stealth mode.
These are just a few of my sleep secrets and I hope you chose one or all three to try tonight. Drop me a line and let me know how they improved your sleep, or if you have a sleep secret you swear by. Sweet dreams sis.
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Until next time!
Health & Hugs
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