Who out there would say they are busy?
Yeah…I thought so.
I literally heard a resounding and emphatic “Me!” echo throughout cyberspace in answer to that question.
We are ALL busy… most arguably TOO busy. But that is another post for another day.
Today’s tip for simple, healthy living is all about sleep.
If you are like me…with more things to do than hours in the day to do them…sleep falls in the category of “ain’t nobody got time for that”.
But do you know how important sleep is to overall wellness?
Here is a list of only some of the benefits of catching some extra zzz’s.
1. Improved memory and sharpened attention
2. Reduced inflammation
3. Lowered stress
4. Boosted metabolism
5. Curbed appetite and cravings
Did you happen to catch number 4 and 5? Did we just stumble upon an elusive secret to weight loss? Just the idea of a lost pound or two makes me giddy. And yes, I’m totally lame.
While potentially shedding a bit of extra poundage would warrant an earlier bed time, it is clear sleep deserves far more credit than it receives.
I must confess, I once thought the only benefit of adequate sleep was the avoidance of crabby, cranky behavior. I figured the benefit of accomplishing more in my day outweighed a potential bad attitude or two. And we all know, I probably felt I kept my bad disposition in check.
(My apologies go to all who had to bear witness to the maniacal, sleep deprived me. I am truly sorry and definitely now know better. No one can properly function on 3 or 4 hours of sleep.)
Prior to my cancer diagnosis, I was oblivious to the benefits of sleep. Now that I pay closer attention to every little thing my body needs and every tiny reaction it has to change, I am astounded at the direct correlation to the amount of sleep I get and how I feel.
Interestingly enough, the question of how much sleep a body needs is rather vague. There is no magic number as every body is different. The recommended amount for adults is 7 to 9 hours and the experts suggest experimenting within the suggested amounts and find what works.
I cannot lie. As an over-achieving-self-professed-night-owl, I will forever struggle to hit the low end of the range.
But I’m doing better…’cause it looks like my health depends on it.
How about you? Are you an early to bed, early to rise kind of person? Do you feel sleep is nothing more than a hindrance to getting things done?
and I would love for you to…
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