The Importance of Rest

Everyone knows that eating right and exercising are top priorities. But few people know that getting enough rest is just as important as meeting your vegetable requirement and hitting the gym or going to yoga.

Are you guilty of not dedicating enough time to relaxation?

Just as your body needs proper food and exercise, it also needs adequate time to rest and reboot. Consistent periods of rejuvenation help reduce long-term stress. When we’re not stressed, we don’t crave sugary snacks and other not-so-optimal foods.

Do you see where I’m going with this? Treat your body right and you won’t have to battle cravings and an expanding waistline.

The good news is you don’t have to give up your evening activities to squeeze in a few extra hours of refreshing shut eye. Focus on quality, not quantity.

We tend to pride ourselves on being busy busy busy, and not so much on giving ourselves enough rest. Let’s work to reverse this mind set!

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Your sleep needs are as individual as your food requirements – depending on your day-to-day schedule you may need more or less.

Whether you require six, seven, or eight hours of sleep, these tips will help you maximize that precious time:

–> Watching TV and surfing the web right before bed will leave you overstimulated and restless – so turn off your electronics at least one hour before and listen to soft music or meditate instead. If you have kids, lay down a no TV before bed rule and watch their day time energy skyrocket.
–> Turn the lights, noise, and heat down as you get ready to sleep. Light candles, turn off or mute noisy electronics, and try to keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature.
–> Late-night snacking (especially on junk foods) and caffeine before bed will keep you counting sheep into the early hours, so plan your last meal in advance. However, don’t go to bed on an empty stomach either – balance is key.

Remember – sleep well to be well!

Heather Feider
Certified Health Coach
SuNu Linden Hills

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