Get Some Rest

Our health (and fitness) is greatly impacted not only by how much sleep we get, but also the quality of sleep we experience. The average adult should get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. The efficiency of our metabolism, energy levels, muscle tissue repair, and overall mental well-being are a few of the things affected by the kind of rest we get.  Also, getting a good amount of sleep lowers the risk of serious illness such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and clinical depression.

Sometimes getting a good night’s sleep is easier said than done. However, there are a few things we can do or stay away from to help ourselves out:

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol within 4-5 hours of going to bed. Both can prevent you falling or staying asleep.
  • Get consistent with your evening schedule of winding down. Find something relaxing to do before bed whether it’s reading, watching a little TV or talking with a friend or partner. Your body is looking for rhythms.
  • Set a sleep and wake up by time and stick to it. Give yourself a few extra minutes in the morning to eat breakfast. You will sleep better at night having had a relaxing morning.
  • Eat a diet filled with fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and grains throughout the day.

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