Have you ever considered that the amount of sleep you get can affect your health and your weight?
When we’re tired we tend to make fewer healthy choices throughout the day, and we reach for the quick-fix energy boost we need, often in the form of too much caffeine, sugar-filled options and processed snacks. When we’re tired, we also tend to skip the workout we had planned for the day.
For many people this is an ongoing cycle that’s tough to break.
Adequate sleep sets the stage for everything else.
Sleep can also affect your immune function, aging process, memory, learning, and metabolism. Getting enough, good quality, sleep is a big deal!
How much should you be sleeping?
The rule of thumb is that adults should sleep 7 and 9 hours a night. If you wake up feeling rested and feel energized all day after sleeping 7 hours, then that is all you need. If you feel sluggish and need lots of caffeine and sugar to get through the day, then you need to be sleeping more.
Try implementing some of my tips for better sleep (below) over the next couple of weeks and let me know if you notice a difference in your energy levels and your eating habits.
Do you struggle with insomnia? What tips or tricks do you have to get a better nights sleep?
DC based Health and Wellness Coach
This blog is not intended to be used as medical or nutritional advice. Information and statements regarding health claims on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult a doctor before making any changes to your diet and exercise routine.