Don't Lose Sleep!

Whether it's a hectic schedule, or insomnia, sleep deprivation has become a common ailment for most of us. As we get older sleep seems to be more of a luxury than a necessity and we find ourselves running on empty.  Getting your beauty sleep isn't just propaganda as it can, and does affect the way we look, and how we function.

Sure, losing sleep means more hours in your day but over time it begins to affect mental focus and can cause a host of other health issues. Studies have show chronic sleep deprivation increases the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  Have you ever found yourself in an exhausted slump eyeing that box of doughnuts?  Chronic fatigue can cause us to crave those high sugar foods and energy drinks because the body is under stress, and excess calories such as these are stored in the body as fat rather than providing energy.

A sedentary lifestyle can make it difficult to fall asleep at night. Being more active, and including more exercise during the day can help you relax, and fall asleep. Taking a walk in fresh air as well as yoga or Pilates are great choices for releasing tension, and relaxing the mind.

Create a routine to wind down. Avoid too much late night television or computer use because instead of sleep mode it puts the brain into a stimulated state.  Keep the bedroom temperature on the cooler side, and as dark as possible. Also make it a habit of going to bed around the same time each night, and if you don't feel tired try sipping a cup of herbal tea such as chamomile or passionflower to boost your sense of calm.

Don't feel badly about hitting snooze a few more times it's better for your health than you think!

~Adriane Rosenberg