|Salvador Dali's "Sleep".|
Are you laughing yet? Most do when I mention 7-8 hours per night. On average, most people struggle with getting 6 or less. Some complain of waking up around 3 and not being able to get back to it. Others stay up most of the night thinking about (insert your worries, deadlines, to do lists here). It is a fact, however, that without a deep, high quality sleep, your body may not be able to mend itself as well after exercise or process all those veggies you eat effectively. In fact, a lack of sleep has been noted as a potential correlate (meaning it isn't directly related, but a possible cause of) with overweight/obesity. It may be that if you are looking to drop a few, you focus on getting a good night's sleep.
The next step would include investing in a good mattress, pillow, and bedding set coupled with creating a cool and dark sleeping environment. Research has also suggested that a light/ small carbohydrate snack 30-60 minutes before bed - like a small bowl of cereal - may help to induce sleep. .....And don't be worrying about the irritating urban myth (made popular by a certain talk show host) related to eating after 8pm. You will not gain wait if you eat after 8pm. However, if you choose to eat after midnight or get wet...you may turn into a Gremlin (note my brilliant 80's pop culture reference).
|This pic was taken during a time|
in my life when I suffered from
chronic sleeplessness. Not pretty.
So if you want to be the best you can be, irritate those around with your consistent perkiness, and benefit from your healthy eating choices and daily physical exercise routine....get some sleep!