REAL, FRUGAL, HEALTHY, and FUN!!!
“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” ~Thomas Dekker
Let’s talk about some healthy habits for a few posts. I have some great ideas. I think we’ll kick it off with a post about sleep. Did you know your body can survive approximately 2 weeks without food, but only about 10 days without sleep? When you sleep, you may think you’re doing nothing, but in truth a lot is going on. This is when you’re body repairs itself, whether it be from injury, working out, or fighting off illness. This is when your body regulates and releases hormones most efficiently. This is also when your brain recharges itself so it can function properly. If I oversimplified that to the point that it doesn’t seem like a huge deal, I would just like to reiterate that cellular repair, proper hormonal balance, and brain function are essential to life. When you deprive your body of sleep, you take away from your own quality of life. You take away from your own optimal health. Your immune system is weakened. Injuries take longer to heal. Your workouts don’t show optimal results. You feel hungry, tired, and depressed. Your memory isn’t as good. It becomes harder to concentrate.
Obviously, the more sleep deprived your body is, the more dramatic the signs and symptoms will be. Sleep deprivation can become a problem when you take on an excessive workload, whether it be work or school. The appeal of the night life might lure you away from your bed. Or maybe, like so many others, you go to bed at a decent time, and just can’t seem to fall asleep.
I lay in bed awake, a lot. It’s not because I’m not tired. I sure am. My mind gets going, and I just start thinking of all kinds of things. Then, in the morning, I have such a hard time when the alarm goes off. There are a few things I’ve noticed have a direct impact on my quality of sleep, and I’m going to share them with you in hopes that, perhaps, they’ll help you, as well.
I would like to reiterate that everyone is different, and you’ll find what works for you as you go through and try different things. The suggested methods I’ve listed have worked for many people. They’re a great place to start. Our bodies need sleep not only to get through the day, but to be fit, to function, to be happy, to heal, and to maintain their defenses against infection and disease. While sleep has become less and less of a priority, until we are exhausted, walking zombies, it should be one of our top priorities. Things come up. If you have kids, they may alter your routines a little or even a lot. You do the best you can. In this “Go Go Go” world we live in, it’s all you can do. Love your body because you only get one. Let it rest because every man and machine has to recharge to perform.