Sleep is a wonderful thing. Overnight, you recharge your batteries, release the past day’s stress, and prepare for a new day.
We all know that wonderful feeling of a good night’s sleep, but what if something gets in the way of your Zs? Whether it’s the snoring spouse, the neighbor’s barking dog, an uncomfortable environment, the effects are the same. Your body becomes stressed from lack of its down time.
Lack of sleep can trigger hormone changes that can cause weight gain. The impact can be an inability to assess hunger properly or an inability to know when it’s time to stop eating. Insomnia can leave you feeling drained and irritable the next day. This can spell trouble for those prone to emotional eating.
If you do suffer from lack of sleep, first assess your situation. Identify the source. If it’s external noise, consider running a fan or a white noise machine during the night. I’ve also found playing a CD of relaxing background music or sound such as ocean waves very helpful.
Next, look at the environment where you sleep. Is the room too warm or too cold? Adjusting to a more optimum temperature can relieve many problem nights. If an uncomfortable bad is interfering with your sleep, consider a memory foam adjustable bed to bring on the sheep. A comfortable bed will prevent aches and pains that can interfere with your slumber and leave you sore the next day.
You also want to consider your activity during the day. Getting that walk or workout in can help you fall asleep when it’s time to hit the hay.
A bad night’s sleep is no fun. It can ruin a day and negatively impact your health. Taking measures to ensure a good night’s rest is a good choice on the road to wellness.