About a month ago, my husband finally convinced me to get a Fitbit. I have been resistant to add any more technology to my life, but I finally gave into my curiosity and decided to find how active I am during my days and how much I ACTUALLY SLEEP. Between working, studying and being a mother to 4 kids, I KNOW that I do not get enough sleep but the results were pretty confronting….many nights I am getting less than 6 hours of sleep.

 

So why is it important to get AT LEAST 7 hours of sleep at night?

 

Healthy sleep practices are important for your physical, mental and emotional health. Sleep gives your body time to heal and your immune system relies on enough sleep to keep it healthy. It also helps stabilize moods and improves your ability to cope with change. Lack of sleep has been associated with obesity, depression, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

 

Also when you don’t get enough sleep you become less productive, have slower reaction times and have more difficulty completing tasks. Every sleep deprived mamma knows how true this is! It is interesting to note that napping does not make up for all the benefits of adequate night time sleep.

So my goal for this week is to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

 

Here are a few hacks that I use to get my sleep on task.
+Go to bed and wake up around the same time everyday at least during the work/school week.
+Be quiet for an hour before bedtime. Limit screen time, bright lights and vigorous exercise.
+Avoid caffeine after lunch.
+Make your bedroom quiet, cold and dark.
+Relax. Mediate, do some gentle yoga or have a warm bath.

 

This week is going to be crazy for everyone. Give yourself the gift of great sleep to be at your best!

Please note: fitness trackers are are not super accurate yet and give you a rough idea rather than an exact measure.

 

Bye Now! -Rach

 

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