Monday, February 11, 2013

Better Sleeping - Week 1

For each of the next 6 weeks, I will post 5 ways to help you get better sleep.  For some of us, getting plenty of sleep is not a problem, however, for others it can be nearly impossible to get a good nights' sleep.  And then there is the issue of getting quality (REM) sleep, so even though you get 8 hours do you wake up feeling tired or lively?  Which one are you?

These simple ideas are from SparkPeople; which is a great tool for many things fitness-related.  I will provide 5 simple things you can do each week to help give you more energy for the things that require you to be at your best.  Whether it's a company meeting, a family obligation, or an effective workout, getting enough sleep will lead to more production.

Week #1 ideas:

#1.  Relieve Stress - exercise, yoga, or meditation will be your your best stress reliever!

#2.  Exercise Regularly - can help increase energy, and regulate sleeping patterns

#3.  Keep a Sleep Schedule - Try to go to bed and wake up at the same times, even on weekends.  This will help you fall asleep faster.

#4.  Think Positive - Being optimistic can lead to better sleep and better health, being pessimistic can lead to insomnia

#5.  Eat a Light Snack at Night - Eating heavy at night can interfere with sleep.  Avoid caffeine-containing foods and beverages

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