Sleep When We’re Dead Right?!

February 10, 2015

If you’re like me, you may be sitting at your desk right now or driving (hopefully not reading at this moment) and your head is nodding off. You are dying for a nap because you didn’t get enough sleep last night…or the past few nights:/  One night with too little sleep doesn’t kill us, but day after day of not enough sleep can lead to serious issues and a seriously run down immune system.

With all the sickness going around right now, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep a night.  I am pretty strict about getting my 7 hours of sleep a night because I know the damaging effects of too little. When I used to train clients at 5:30am every morning, my body was the most run down because I’m a night owl and the 4-5 hours of sleep just wasn’t cutting it! That’s when I got sick more often and felt the effects daily. SO, I decided I needed to change my schedule, find a way to get more sleep and make my health a priority!

Do you follow the philosophy of sleeping when you’re dead?  Please say NO–unless you want to suffer during the day while you’re living. I’m serious! 🙂 Not getting enough sleep at night has far more negative effects than you can imagine.   If you’re stressed, busy and feeling pressure to get more done during the day, cutting your zzzz’s at night isn’t the answer. So, what does lack of sleep really cause?  Here’s just a few:

  • Weight Gain
  • Increased empty calorie munching
  • Lack of focus
  • Weakened immune system
  • Impatient and moody
  • Decreased job performance
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Skin problems

The other day I read a quote that reinforced my perspective on making our health a priority– “Time and Health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize or appreciate until they have been depleted!” NOW is the time to make changes to get healthier–don’t wait until you’re on your death-bed.  Life is too short and meant to be lived, feeling good and full of energy.  If you need help getting your life and health back, please let me know how I can help 🙂

For further reading on sleep deprivation, check out this article from Fitness Magazine:
http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/health/sleep/sleep-deprivation/

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