How many hours a night (or day, if you work graveyard) do you get a restful sleep? Are you aware that lack of sleep can lead to all sorts of health problems, including weight gain? Exactly how does lack of sleep affect your weight? According to Web MD:
Think about it: If you’re feeling sleepy at work, you may be tempted to reach for a cup of coffee (or several cups) and a doughnut for a quick shot of energy. Later you may skip the gym and pick up takeout on your way home to your family — no time to cook. When you finally find yourself back in your bed, you are too wound up to sleep. It’s a vicious cycle, and eventually this sleep deprivation can sabotage your waistline and your health.
Weight gain isn’t the only health risk; how about diabetes, heart disease, headaches and depression?
I found this infographic that explains why a restful sleep is important… on a security website of all places.
I read that going to sleep with the television on is a bad idea too. I admit I am guilty of that one. If you have trouble going to sleep, how about meditating in an upright position (you can do it sitting in bed) for twenty minutes? Or read a book. I am against prescription sleep aids. If you need something for a short time, try Melatonin or St. John’s Wart. They are not addictive and you don’t need a prescription.
If your smartphone is next to you in bed, get rid of it. A recent study of 2,000 of elementary and middle school kids sleeping with their smartphones next to them showed; having a smartphone or tablet in the bedroom was associated with less weekday sleep and feeling sleepy in the daytime. If the kids aren’t sleeping, neither are you and I know a lot of you can’t go without checking your phone for long. Put it in a drawer. Your health is more important than checking Face Book or Twitter every minute.
You need sleep to function the next day soooo… go to bed already!