Your Healthiest Year Ever, Day 4: Get More Sleep!

Hey guys! Can you believe that we’re already into Day 4 of 2013?

Yesterday I challenged you to 30 min of exercise. Were you able to find time to fit it in? I gotta say I had some difficulty with that challenge because it was RIDICULOUSLY cold here:

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But, as I showed you yesterday, I bundled up and got out there anyways, and I’m so glad that I did – I felt so much better afterwards! 

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There was another girl running that caught up to me in the park, so I ran as fast I could just to keep her from passing me (I hate getting passed).  I manage to hold the faster pace for about a mile, then had to admit defeat and let her go by me.  Man am I ever sore from doing that! (I need to find that girl and ask her to be my pace bunny for my half marathon training runs *wink*).

Day 4 – it’s time to get more quality sleep.

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I know what you’re thinking †” FINALLY a reason to sleep in :)

It’s not so much a reason to sleep in however, but a reason to go to bed earlier! ahhh, there’s the catch. It wouldn’t be much of a challenge for you to just to lie in bed longer in the morning, now would it?

You can get more quality sleep by going to bed earlier than your normal time and ensuring that you are getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night. That’s today’s real challenge.

Feeling sluggish lately? Getting enough sleep will help you concentrate on your tasks more.

How stressed are you? One of the best ways to cut your stress is to get enough quality sleep each night. It gives your body a chance to recuperate from the stressful â€Å”fight or flight” reactions when you are stressed out.

Are you happy with your energy level? You need to get enough sleep each night so that you have the energy necessary to do your everyday tasks. We can’t have you falling asleep at the wheel or the computer, now can we? I don’t need to tell you how dangerous a lack of sleep can be. Your sleep deficit can grow over time as you try to fit more and more into your day, thus sacrificing your precious sleep. Thinking that you will make up the sleep deficit on the weekends won’t work either. Your body will make it known that you need sleep, one way or another.

Are you wanting to lose some weight? Surprisingly, getting enough sleep can help you there, too. Recent news articles have shown that getting enough sleep at night can help you shed some pounds. You don’t eat while you’re sleeping, plus you are giving your body a break from food so that it can digest what’s already there.

Now that we know how important getting enough sleep is, how can we get more sleep? For those of us who don’t have any medical reasons for insomnia, there are some things that you can do to make sure that you get a good night’s sleep:

  • Go to bed earlier than your normal time.
  • Ensure that you have a regular â€Å”sleep time” ritual that you follow each night, allowing your body and mind to recognize that it’s time for bed.
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal or drink any alcohol right before you go to bed.
  • Having any caffeine a few hours before bed time will mean can affect you so much that you won’t be able to sleep.
  • Make sure that your bedroom is full of distractions, has low light and is warm enough or cool enough for you to sleep in.
  • Stop worrying. Worry does nothing to help your situation. Most of what you worry about will won’t come true anyways. Have faith.
  • Get enough exercise so that you are physically tired.
  • Turn off the TV or devices and sleep. Don’t lie in bed watching TV or have it running in the background while you are trying to sleep.

Are you with me? Tonight we’re going to go to bed earlier so that we can get more sleep.
Let me know how you feel tomorrow about getting more sleep by leaving a comment. I ‘m certainly looking forward to completing this Challenge tonight :)

Have a great night everyone!

PS †” you can join the 31 Days to a Healthier You challenge anytime

All the best in health and fitness,

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Comments

  1. Emma says

    I like this one! Last night I ordered a diet coke with dinner without thinking it through, and then could not get to sleep. I’ve got to remember not to do that!

    I have been making an effort to get to bed earlier over the last few months, and it really does make a difference.

  2. 903885231 says

    Sometimes “low light” isn’t enough. One should really try to make the room pretty much pitch black – blinds to keep out light from the street for example. And while it’s not a recognized method, we’ve had our furnace go out twice in the last 3 weeks and both times I felt I slept deeper than usually… I was better able to get snuggled up without overheating… though I did worry about the kids being warm enough…

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