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GETTING YOUR ZZZZZZZZS

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
January 16, 2014
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Are you getting enough sleep?

In the current climate of workaholics and super stress, it is extremely important to get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain, disease, and impairment of your mental faculties. There’s a reason they use sleep deprivation as a form of torture.

Sleep is the way our bodies and our brains recharge. It’s a necessary part of keeping healthy and sharp. Without sleep our bodies and minds start to breakdown. During sleep your brainwaves slowdown and your neurons recharge. Even dreaming is a way of your brain recharging itself. Your body goes into repair mode: cleaning up toxins, redistributing nutrients, and fighting off infections.

How much sleep do you need? That depends on you. Some of the most productive people in the world never slept more than 4 – 5 hours a night. Some people need 9 hours. The average for most of us seems to be 7 hours of sleep to recharge effectively.

 

GETTING TO SLEEP

The environment in your bedroom is extremely important to getting a good night’s sleep. Watching TV before bedtime actually interrupts your body’s natural cycle by blasting it with bright colors and bombarding your brain with stimulus. Sleeping with your TV on is even worse. Your brain needs complete darkness to fully get to sleep. The temperature of your bedroom also plays a big part on the quality of your sleep. Research has shown that keeping your bedroom at 68 degrees is the most effective temperature. That being said, our bedroom is usually 70 degrees. Too hot and you’ll toss and turn. Too cold and you can’t relax effectively.

 

Take a few days off of your active party schedule and do this test for 3 nights:

-       Eat a light dinner by 7pm – no alcohol.

-       Crawl under the covers by 11pm – no TV in the bedroom.

-       Fall asleep naturally – no sleeping pills.

-       Don’t set an alarm, and see what time you wake up naturally.

-       On the 3rd night your body will have gotten enough rest so that the number of hours you sleep that 3rd night will tell you how much sleep you actually need.

 

If you’ve been taking sleeping pills, you probably need more time for your body to adjust. Once you see how many hours your body needs, try to continue getting that amount of sleep for a week.

 

 

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