|Someone's going to wake up with |
a sore back........
Sleep docs have defined a "good night's sleep" as 7-8 hours of uninterrupted (deep) sleep. Not a sleep that is broken up by a midnight pee or a bump in the night...but one that is continuous for 7 hours. Can you imagine? So how does one work towards healthy sleeping? The following is a quick (albeit superficial) list of considerations for preparing for a good night. Keep in mind, this list doesn't take into account hormonal shifts that we women have the priveledge of experiencing (again, read in sarcastic - and bitter - tone).
|That's gonna leave a mark!|
2. Eat a small carbohydrate snack 60 minutes before bed. Carbs can influence sleep whereas protein may wake you up. A small bowl of cereal is a good option....don't believe the myth that eating after 8pm makes you fat...it ain't true.
3. Be sure your bed / pillow provide the right amount of support, your room is cool and dark, and if you sleep with a chronic snorer...invest in a comfortable pair of earplugs. It is the best investment you can make for yourself.
4. If you can't stop tossing and turning try progressive muscle relaxation. I swear, by the time you get to your waist, you will be out like a light. Starting with your toes, imagine they are relaxed and letting go of any tension they may carry with ever exhalation. Move up to your legs, your hips, your back, shoulders....etc. Focus on deep breathing and letting go of tension. It works!
|He's so cute, I'd leave him there too (as|
my laptop sucked up all the hair and
dander only to explode of overheating
days later).....but it's worth it!
6. Be aware of how much caffeine you have during your day. It could be that you are eating and drinking more than you need and it could be the culprit keeping you up at night.
7. Finally, and the hardest one for me, if your dog or cat is keeping you up by jumping on the bed or standing on your chest meowing at you until you acknowledge him, the best thing you can do is show them the door. However, if you are like me, that is easier said than done. I'm a sucker for a fuzzy face.
One thing is for sure, we cannot underestimate the power of a good night's sleep. It helps to absorb our nutrients better, it may help to reduce fat, it helps to mend our muscles after exercise, it puts us is a better mood, it helps to reduce our risk of injury, and it is a great way to manage stress.
|Who's the cutest little kitten ever!|
That's about it.