Sleep: The key to life

20120928-210828.jpg Today’s topic relates to why I didn’t post yesterday. Seriously, I am tired. Am I the only one who appreciates sleep more now than when I was in my teen to early 20 years? I remember being good off of 4hrs of sleep. Slowly I needed 6 hours. At 32 it is more like I need 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Unfortunately, sometimes I just don’t get it.

When people mention being fit the first thing that comes to mind is not being fat. Sorry guys but there’s more to it than just that. Being fit involves getting enough rest. Not getting enough sleep has been attributed to weight gain (Prevention Magazine). In theory, the more sleep you have the more energy you gain. When you don’t get enough sleep you don’t have enough energy so you eat. Most often you’re not eating apples and oranges rather your eating everything that a nutritionist would cringe at. Lack of sleep can also be linked to accidents, a decreased sex drive, heart attacks, etc. (WebMD).

While children require more sleep than adults, adults should be getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep. For some, getting that amount of sleep may be difficult. There are ways to rectify that. Some ways to do that include setting a routine. Bedtime should be around the same time each day. Foods with caffeine should be avoided before bedtime. Your sleeping area should be comfortable. These are just some of the ways that you can get that sleeping beauty type of sleep. For additional tips click here.

On that note, I think it’s time for me to call it a night. I didn’t follow my own advise and in additions to allergies beating me down, exhaustion is also messing with me. I am aiming for at least 7 hours before I start my busy Saturday. Sleep tight all.

Today’s prescription: Get some sleep. It’s the key to longevity.

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In health,
Maliyka is health

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