Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sweet Dreams

Hello, for you whom did not read my last weeks post missed that I am taking this site in to a new direction by focusing more on health advice, book reviews, healthy living, and the occasional super healthy recipe.

Did you know that sleep, the quality of sleep, is as important for your health as exercise? In order to get and/or stay in shape you need to make sleep a priority. Sleep along with whole foods and physical exercise is the top three for a healthy and skinny you. Sleep deprivation can lead you into depression, migraine, and obesity amongst others. Yes, you heard me right. Not getting enough sleep can make you fat.  

Below are a few tips on how to get those important hours of sleep each night:

x Don't nap. Any sleep within eight hours of your bedtime can make it more difficult to fall asleep. 

x Stop looking at the watch during the night. This will only make you stressed about how few hours are left until you have to get up and start your day.  

x Go to sleep and get up at the same time every day. 

x If coffee can make you jittery then cut the caffeine after lunch. Remember that coke, black tea and dark chocolate also contains caffeine. 

x Avoid vigorous exercise 3-4 hours before bedtime. 

x Although alcohol can make you feel calmer and more relaxed, the quality of sleep gets worse. 

x Just like babies, adults can also benefit from an hour of winding down in the evening before bed. Try and take a relaxing shower or bath, read a book, meditate, or watch a dvd if that helps you relax.  

All the best of luck to you. 

Emilia 

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