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By Carrie Saba –
Do you have those days when you just can’t seem to wake up no matter what you do? Do you often stay up late trying to finish your “to do” list for the day and then have trouble pulling yourself out of bed the next morning? We often think that missing an hour here and there of sleep won’t affect us, but those missing hours add up and can cause havoc on our bodies and in our lives. In order for us to be at our optimal best, we need sleep. The amount of sleep and the quality of our sleep affects the quality of our life each and every day. It can affect your work, your relationships, your weight, your emotional state, how you feel about yourself . . . the list goes on and on.
Some of the first signs indicating you might need more sleep are:
When you continue to not get enough sleep your:
All of our bodies are different and the amount of sleep each of us needs can vary. I have realized I am at my best when I get 8 hours of sleep. I can function okay on less for several days and maybe even weeks, but eventually it catches up and then my body will send me a strong signal that I better get caught up on my sleep or else! I even have discovered, once I am caught up on my sleep, that if I get more than 8 hours of sleep, I am still not functioning at my best. I can get a little lazy with more than 8 hours of sleep. According to experts, the average person needs 7-8 hours of sleep each night. How much sleep do you think you need?
When we restore our bodies and give it the sleep that it needs we can start to function at our true potential. When we get plenty of sleep each night:
Think about a time when you were tired? Did you eat more that day? Did you snap at your kids, spouse, co-worker or friends? Did you cry? Did your mind feel scattered or maybe you even got sick? These are all things that can be a result of not getting enough sleep.
I don’t think I know anyone that would say they like feeling tired, so why do we continue to push ourselves and not get the sleep our bodies need?
Some tips on getting your sleep:
Make sleep a priority in your life. Stop sacrificing your sleep to check one more thing off your “to do” list. Remember that when you have enough sleep you are happier and more productive. So instead of something taking 2 hours to do, you just might be able to complete it in 45 minutes because you have the energy to do it. So start experimenting with getting more sleep and pay attention to how you feel as you discover how much sleep helps you feel the best.
Carrie Saba, Holistic Health Coach, helps others see their inner strength through a new light. She is a lifestyle change expert where her clients are energized by her insightful, upbeat coaching style. Carrie believes our spirit is fed by how we think, what we experience and what we eat. She empowers her clients and believes everyone should know their brilliance and enjoy life. You can follow Carrie’s blog and learn more about her at www.CarrieSaba.com.