The Importance of Sleep

In today's modern and fast track world,people pride themselves in pulling “all nighters” and brag

about functioning on only 4 hours of sleep. But sleep is ranked # 2, yes # 2 on the Maslow’s

Hierarchy of Human Needs! NUMBER 2!

Did you know that according to the neuroscientist Russell Foster, we spend 36% of our life

asleep. That is on par with food, water and shelter. Sleep is essential and we have lost our love for it. I know it sometimes seems impossible to get to sleep, let alone enough sleep, the idea of get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep seems almost laughable at times.

Not only is sleep essential to our own sanity and mental well being, but lack of sleep can affect your diet!! Yes, you heard me right, your DIET!

Lack of sleep increases the production of a hormone called ghrelin and ghrelin makes you

crave carbs and particularly sugar ...all those things we know we shouldn’t have. Especially late at night!

Some tips to help you get a good night's sleep are:

● Have your bedroom as dark and as cool as possible. Invest in some black out

curtains, and get a fan. Make yourself comfortable and your bedroom an inviting

place you WANT to spend time

● Skip that 3 pm cup of coffee. Drinking caffeine late in the day may give you the kick

to get over the mid-day crash, but it will affect your ability to go to sleep that night.

● PUT THE PHONE DOWN! Stop scrolling through instagram and turn the TV off

● Set a regular schedule, be it 9 pm or 11 pm. We are creatures of habit, and a routine

will make it much easier to not only go to bed, but fall asleep ZZZZZZZ’s.

Lack of sleep also affects your memory, judgement, irritability and your body’s ability to defend itself! Did you know just ONE NIGHT of NO SLEEP can actually reduce your immune system by 25% and with flu season around the corner, do we really need that?!

Once we hit that wall and we are sleep deprived, that lack of judgement also makes it harder for us to realize just how sleepy we are and we fall into a bad downwards spiral!

Give yourself a special treat and get some sleep, your body and mind and DIET will thank you!

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