ARE YOU MAKING YOUR SLEEP TIME A PRIORITY?

Are you hibernating this winter?

Read on further why it's important now more so than ever to take care of yourself.

Let's face it. It's tough to watch the news, to scroll through our social media feeds and to stay enlightened. It's important to find time to focus on your own self-care needs. Would you agree?

I wanted to connect with you about making SLEEP a priority this week.

Why?

Lack of sleep also boosts your body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol. When cortisol levels are raised it causes your body to store fat, particularly around your midsection. 

Lack of sleep can lower our willpower, making us more likely to make unhealthy choices:
When you’re tired, you’re more susceptible to cravings for unhealthy foods.

You are also more likely to try to use sugary, caffeine-laden drinks to try to keep your energy levels up. This can lead to weight gain from consuming empty calories. Sleep deprivation can also make you less likely to be active.

Think about it - when you are already tired, the last thing you want to do is head to the gym, get on the mat or go for a stroll.

The lack of exercise combined with increased cortisol levels can deliver a serious blow to your efforts to live a healthy lifestyle.

While everyone’s sleep needs are slightly different, most people need between 7-9 hours of sleep every night to function at their best.

You will know that you are getting the right amount of sleep when you wake up feeling refreshed, as opposed to having to drag yourself out of bed. 

Don’t allow a lack of sleep to undermine the healthy lifestyle you have worked so hard to attain. Find a sleep routine that works for you and stick to it. Your body will thank you.

Nighty night! 

Jill

Having trouble sleeping? Wondering if the foods you are eating (or not eating) are affecting your sleep patterns? Let's set up a complimentary Discovery Session together so that I can support you getting more zzz's.

Jill Haverstock