Lack of Sleep is Unhealthy
Sleep is important for good health and well-being. Getting 7-9 hours can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. Not getting enough sleep can raise your risk for some chronic health problems like obesity. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.
Here are some tips to getting better sleep.
• Practice regular sleep rhythms—go to bed and wake up at the same time each day
• No TV in the bedroom (try to keep all technology in a different room including phones)
• Create an aesthetic environment in your bedroom that encourages sleep ie. serene, restful colors and no clutter (try to keep family photos in a different room too)
• Create total darkness and quiet—consider using eyeshades and earplugs
• Avoid caffeine or reduce it after noon—it may make sleep restless and worse
• Avoid alcohol—it may aid sleep but makes your sleep interrupted and of poor quality
• Get regular exposure to daylight for at least 20 minutes daily. The light from the sun enters your eyes and triggers your brain to release specific chemicals and hormones like melatonin that are vital to healthy sleep, mood, and aging
• Eat no later than two hours before bed—eating a heavy meal prior to bed will lead to a bad night’s sleep and will impede the body’s overnight detoxification process
• Write your worries down. During your Power Down Hour, write down what is causing you anxiety and make plans for what you can do the next day to reduce your worry. It will free up your mind and energy to move into deep and restful sleep
Hobbies are important to our healthy believe it or not. Finding something that takes your mind off of the everyday hustle will relieve tension and stress, build confidence, strengthen your memory and build relationships to name a few. Hobbies are for your pure enjoyment and should not be work. Research shows that people who have hobbies are generally much happier.
How do you find a hobby if you don’t like anything you ask? Here are a few ways to find something that you love!
- Think back to your childhood. What did you love doing? What does your 8 year old self miss doing? Riding bikes? Climbing trees? Making bracelets? Drawing? Writing? Building? Once you think of something, make it an adult activity; if it’s bike riding, try cycling or bike riding, if it was climbing trees, try rock climbing or hiking, if it was drawing, take a paint class, etc.
- Still struggling to figure out what you loved as a child? Try this. Go to a book store, sporting store or craft store. Walk up and down the isles. What jumps out as you, what interests you? Is it a cookbook? A baseball bat? A scrapbook? If it interests you, it could be a good hobby to try.
- Still need ideas? Look around your house. Did you start a project that you never finished? Baby book for your child? Photo Album? Scrapbook? Organizing something? Refinishing a piece of furniture? If you have an unfinished project, maybe it is time to pick it up!
- What are your guilty pleasures when you go shopping? What do you buy often? Smelly candles? Makeup? Skincare? Wall Art? Jewelry? Maybe it’s time to learn how to make candles, jewelry, home skincare or art!
- What was the last thing you did that made you forget to eat? Whatever that was…do it again!
Life is about finding something that makes you happy and doing it with people who are seeking the same goals as you. I started my own online business because I love to teach, I’m creative and I love set goals and reach them. When I found LimeLife I knew I found my hobby. It is growing quickly, but the best part is the positive and supportive environment that I work with. Ask me how I started, who knows, maybe you’d like this too. Email me as firstname.lastname@example.org.