Recap from the past 4 weeks:
This week we are going to focus on the importance of sleeping enough.
The CDC reports that insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic. Lack of sleep is affecting our ability to concentrate, remember important information, negatively affecting hobbies, driving, taking care of money, and work.
When we don’t allow ourselves to rest, we are actually hurting ourselves more than we realize. Beyond reduced learning and memory ability, lack of sleep is linked to increased weight gain by slowing our metabolism, increased hypertension, and increases our risk for disease.
What keeps you up at night?
If you are like me, you battle sometimes with insomnia. For me it is really bad during pregnancy due to a deficiency in magnesium. When this is the cause, it is an easy fix. I was able to supplement using a homemade magnesium oil that I could rub into my skin right before bed. Now, I have a 6 month old that is waking me up through the night. Magnesium oil could also work for babies too if they are waking up due to restlessness and not hunger. You could also try an epsom salt bath right before bed.
Try going to bed earlier this week and see how it affects the rest of your day. Everyone is different as to how much sleep they need. Right now I am going to bed between 10 and 11pm, waking up about 2 times during the night with my 6 month old and waking up for the day between 7-8 am feeling rested.
How much sleep do you get? What are you tips for getting a full night’s rest?
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