Hit the Reset Button with More Z’s

Does all this healthy eating and active living mumbo-jumbo sound like way too much work to you? What if we told you there was something you could do that would improve your health without having to do anything? That something is sleep, and the more of it you do, the better.

We often take sleep for granted. Sleep can seem like a nuisance and there’s nothing worse than waking up tired, sluggish, and grumpy knowing that you’ve got a full day ahead of you. Ensuring that you are getting a good night’s sleep is like hitting the reset button. Sleep is important for getting your head straight, as well as your ability to perform throughout the day. Not getting enough sleep disrupts cells in your body called hormones that are linked to hunger which may lead to overeating.  

Here are 5 tips to make sure that you always wake up on the right side of the bed:

  1. Set a schedule – Your body loves routine so try to set a consistent schedule of when you go to bed and when you wake up every day.

  2. Get enough Z’s – Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night to remain healthy and prevent sleep deprivation.

  3. Get moving – Doing as little as 10 minutes of physical activity in the evening, such as walking or cycling, can help improve sleep quality

  4. Unplug – Avoid screen time 30 minutes before bed.  The light from your phone, TV, or computer messes with your brain and will affect how well you sleep.

  5. Avoid certain food/drink right before bed– Steer clear of stimulants like caffeine (looking at you, coffee) as well as heavy or rich food right before bed as they can upset your stomach.

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