This year let’s get some sleep!

girl-sleepingThese first few weeks of the New Year mean that many of us are implementing changes in our lives. Unfortunately, those changes often taper off after a few weeks. One of the lifestyle changes that I want to make this year is to get more sleep. To motivate myself to make this change permanent I looked at some facts on the importance of getting enough sleep. According the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, a full night’s sleep aids in learning and memory as information and memories are consolidated during this time.  Chronic lack of sleep affects our metabolism and causes the body to store carbohydrates and alter hormone levels. Our immune systems become weaker and are unable to fight off infection. Sleep deprivation also causes us to become irritable, impatient, unable to concentrate, and moody and may also contribute to an increase in mishaps and accidents. Serious sleep disorders have been linked to an increase in stress and hypertension. For all of these reasons and the fact that I am a much nicer person when I get a great night of sleep, I am going to strive to keep this a priority in my life. As far as getting to sleep, I find a good workout or a good book really help me!

Do you feel like getting enough sleep is a problem for you and what keeps you from getting to sleep at night?

4 thoughts on “This year let’s get some sleep!

  1. Great article Kristie, thank you! I would like to receive more sleep as well… unfortunately, I am not doing as good as I should. I have no problem falling asleep, it is just staying asleep. I have melatonin that I can take if need be, but I need to make sure I am able to have 8 full hours of sleep in order to take them…. which is rare in the first place! **I do NOT recommend using melatonin to others, unless they speak to their physician first** However, I do appreciate being reminded of the benefits of our health when we do receive a good night’s rest!

  2. Getting plenty of sleep is a difficult task for me. Since I am a single parent, the bread winner and the only adult available to do any and all the things that needs to be done in and out o the household and still be a mother. However, I know getting plenty of sleep would help me in other ways such as, better mood, more energy, and possibly cooking more.

  3. Kristie this is an interesting and needful post. As I get older, I find myself getting much less sleep than in the earlier years of my life. There are so many distractions that keep me from getting proper sleep. I often lecture my children about getting proper sleep, yet I am not setting the example. I am going to try and do better with this. For I know it is a major ingredient to a healthy life!

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