Oh, that elusive sleep. Our time to rest, regenerate, heal and repair.
If you need that cup of coffee or two (or three!) every morning to get going, you may get some very useful tips in this post.
High quality sleep isn't just important for your mind and body to have energy and be alert, it is vital to our healing. While the body appears from the outside to be still and inactive, sleep is a time when the body is quite busy restocking our supply of hormones, processing significant toxins, repairing damaged tissue, generating vital white blood cells for immunity, eliminating the effects of stress, and processing heavy emotions of the day.
On the flip side, a lack of sleep can contribute to serious health issues which of course none of us want.
So let me have your attention for this “tip-filled” post on the importance of sleep and how you can get your fair share. I'll even throw in an amazing caffeine-free latte recipe for your afternoon “pick me up”.
The science of sleep is fascinating, complicated and growing
Sleep is this daily thing that we all do and yet we're just beginning to understand all the benefits and factors that can affect it.
Lack of sleep affects just about everything in your body and mind. People who get less sleep tend to be at higher risk for a host of health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer; not to mention effects like slower metabolism, weight gain, hormone imbalance, and inflammation. And let’s not forget the impact lack of sleep can have on moods, memory and decision-making skills.
Do you know that lack of sleep may even negate the health benefits of your exercise program?
OMG – What aspect of health does sleep not affect??
Knowing all of this it's easy to see the three main purposes of sleep:
Do you know how much sleep adults need? It's less than your growing kids need but you may be surprised that it's recommended that all adults get 7 - 9 hours a night. For real!
Try not to skimp!
(Don't worry, I have you covered with a bunch of actionable tips below.)
Tips for better sleep
*Please note, there are some situations where sleep tips are simply not enough. If you have tried all of these ideas and they still aren’t working, you may have a chemical imbalance that can be helped with some slight adjustments to your diet and some supplements based on what is going on with your specific situation. Sleep medications can be useful for very short-term triage if you are going through trauma or stress.
Unfortunately, these medications work as mild sedatives and are not addressing the root cause of your sleep disturbance. They also come with a wide range of side effects that render them unacceptable for long-term from dry mouth to stomach ache, to a hangover-like fatigue the following day.
If you would like to discuss further how we can help you improve your sleep Contact me today for a free consultation. It costs nothing and the results will change your life! You deserve to live your best life every Brand New Day!
Check out the recipe below for your -Caffeine-free latte afternoon “coffee break”:
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Pamela Schubloom, CHC, CPC, AADP
Certified Holistic Health Coach
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