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Sleep Your Way To Better Health

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The health benefits of sleeping

How much sleep are you getting?

Want to lose weight, have more energy, fight off illnesses……. Get some sleep!

Did you know that nine out of 10 Americans are sleep deprived, and studies have shown that the less people sleep the more likely they are to be overweight, to develop diabetes and to prefer to eat foods high in calories and carbohydrates.

Well I bring this issue up because this week is Sleep Awareness Week and I myself have struggled with this issue.

I know sleep is such an important part of my health and well being and for many years I was not making it a priority in my life and I was paying for it. I would have increased food cravings, my cortisol levels (hormone associated with stress) was off the charts. My decision making at work and home was suffering and I was constantly having troubles losing that last 5-10 lbs.

Well how much sleep does the average person need to function optimally?

It can vary with each of us The National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that most average adults need about 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.School- aged children and teens need at least 9 hours of sleep a night.

Adequate sleep is necessary to:

  • Fight off infection
  • Support the metabolism of sugar to prevent diabetes
  • Perform well in school
  • Work effectively and safely

 

Here a couple tips to help get a good night’s sleep:

Avoid large meals and beverages late at night. A large meal can cause indigestion that interferes with sleep. Drinking too many fluids at night can cause you to awaken frequently to urinate.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol. The stimulating effects of caffeine in coffee, colas, certain teas, and choco- late can take as long as 8 hours to wear off fully. And even though alcohol might make you feel sleepy at first, it can disrupt sleep later in the night.

Include physical activity in your daily routine.Regular physical activity can promote better sleep, helping you to fall asleep faster and to enjoy deeper sleep. Timing is important, though. If you exercise too close to bedtime, you might be too energized to fall asleep.

I wish you Sweet Dreams……

Your Soul Coach
Stephanie Jackson

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