SLEEP 8 HOURS A NIGHT
It’s time for the WEEKEND CHALLENGE!! Every weekend we post a new challenge on our blog! This week’s challenge is to get 8 hours of sleep each night during the weekend!
This is a tough one! Especially when you have young children. We totally understand! We have two kids (3 and 1). They aren’t the best sleepers so this is a challenge for us too.
BENEFITS OF SLEEP
Sleep deprivation takes a toll on your mind, body, and overall health in ways that may surprise you.
Research shows that chronic lack of sleep is linked to colds and flu, diabetes, heart disease, mental health, and even obesity. So it’s natural to ask: Does getting adequate sleep protect you from illness? The answer: It helps.
“Sleep is a quiescent period where the cells are doing a lot of repairing. Your hormones act differently when you’re asleep, and your immune system as well,” says Lisa Shives, MD, DABSM, founder of Northshore Sleep Medicine in Chicago. “If your immune system is out of whack, you can’t fight off illness — and I would venture to say that you can’t repair your cells very well, either.”
Visit their website to read the full article: The Healing Power of Sleep
20 TIPS FOR A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
These tips were also taken from WebMD’s site. Visit their site to see the full article: The Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep. They go into more detail in the article. These are great tips!
1- Turn off TVs, computers, and other blue light producers an hour before bed.
2- Avoid Naps
3- Block your clock so you can’t see it in the middle of the night.
4- Try a leg pillow for back pain.
5- Put your neck in neutral.
6- Seal your mattress with a cover.
7- Reserve your bed for sleep and intimacy.
8- Get in bright light 5- 30 min. when you rise.
9- Cut the caffeine.
11- Don’t eat an hour before bed.
12- Think about your drinks at night. Avoid alcohol at night.
13- Stop drinking liquids after 8 p.m.
14- Dim the lights the last hour before bed.
15- Neutralize the noise at night.
16- Don’t smoke.
17- Keep pets off your bed.
18- Free your mind at bedtime.
19- Use caution when using sleeping pills.
20- Consult a doctor if you can’t sleep after a month.
Let us know how the challenge goes! You can also visit us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GolladayFit
Have a great weekend!