SLEEP… What an incredible thing. It allows us to feel revitalized, gain enough energy to take on new challenges and is certainly therapeutic after a long day. It’s something we do every day, but do we know just how important it is?
Not only does sleep impact your physical health, but it also plays a large role in your mental health, safety, and all around quality of life. Sleep has the power to assist in healing blood vessels and your heart. It can also reduce the risk of kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and many other maladies. Coinciding with the rest of our blog series, sleep can actually decrease the risk of obesity as it maintains a healthy balance of hormones.
Getting enough sleep at night is directly related to how you function during the day. The amount of sleep you get has the ability to increase or decrease your productivity at work or at school. It can impact reaction time, how many mistakes you make throughout your work, and how long it takes you to complete a task. Have we convinced you how important sleep is yet?
Ensuring you receive the proper amount of sleep each night can maximize physical activity performance, can reduce calorie intake and of course, improve your immune system. Typically, when you’re lacking sleep, what is the first thing you notice? You feel under the weather, right? It’s time to kick that to the curb, because from now on, we know how important it is to get a good sleep every night!
Here are some quick tips to ensure you get the best beauty sleep:
- Stick with your sleeping schedule. That means trying your very hardest to go to bed around the same time each night, and getting up at the same time each morning.
- Exercise, exercise, exercise (but not close to bedtime). Cardio seems to have almost this superpower to improve your length and quality of sleep, but it can also keep you awake if you exercise too close to the time you’re going to bed.
- Stop the caffeine! Caffeine is the typical pick-me-up in the morning, but we don’t want it to do this at night too. Cut out the coffee and other caffeinated drinks in the afternoon to ensure a good sleep.
- Take the much needed time to calm down at night. We get it, it’s so hard to just flip your switch off at night. You deserve the time to wind down after that long day.
We thoroughly enjoyed sharing this blog series with you. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 for exercise and diet tips. Remember to keep up with that physical activity, while putting awesome fuel food into your body! Sweet dreams everyone!