Sleep Happy

sleepingWhy sleep is important for your mental health and for keeping your weight under control.

Summer is an optimal time to catch up on those 40 winks!  The extra shut eye may benefit your under eye circles but also help you to shed a few extra pounds that are circling your waistline.

A recent research study from Harvard’s medical school sleep division found that people who fail to get enough sleep suffer from hormonal disturbances that work against weight loss efforts. The culprit is the stress hormone “cortisol” that creates cravings for high carbohydrate foods and tells your body to hold onto fat stores!

Here are a few tips to help with your sleep:

1. Create a sound barrier
Think of your AC as a multitasker cooling off your bedroom and blocking out unwanted noise. If you don’t have AC create an alternate source of white noise with a fan or a sound machine. There is also an app you can download to your smart phone that will give you multiple choices of soothing sounds.

2. Stick to a regular sleep schedule
Fight the urge to stay up late by honoring your year round bedtime routine even on weekends and vacations. If you veer off course don’t sleep in the next day to compensate. Instead wake up at your usual time and turn in earlier the following night.

3. Catch a summer siesta
A 15 to to 30 minute nap ( my favorite!) can improve your mood and alertness. If you find the time to snooze during the day time it so you are not too close to bed time, otherwise it might interfere with your night time sleep.

4. Exercise
Taking an evening walk or doing some non- intensive cardio or activity can help you to fall asleep faster. 76% of people who exercise describe their sleep as “very good” while only 56% of non exercises report the same.

Enjoy the summer and be good to yourself. Have fun and catch up on your sleep!

Sleep Happy

Why sleep is important for your mental health and for keeping your weight under control

Summer is an optimal time to catch up on those 40 winks!
The extra shut eye may benefit your under eye circles but also help you to shed a few extra pounds that are circling your waistline.

A recent research study from Harvard’s medical school sleep division found that people who fail to get enough sleep suffer from hormonal distrubances that work against weight loss efforts. The culprit is the stress hormone “cortisol” that creates cravings for high carbohydrate foods and tells your body to hold onto fat stores!

Here are a few tips to help with your sleep

Create a sound barrier- Think of your AC as a multitasker cooling off your bedroom and blocking out unwanted noise. If you don’t have AC create an alternate source of white noise with a fan or a sound machine. There is also an app you can download to your smart phone that will give you multiple choices of soothing sounds.

Stick to a regular sleep schedule- Fight the urge to stay up late by honoring your year round bedtime routine even on weekends and vacations. If you veer off course don’t sleep in the next day to compensate. Instead wake up at your usual time and turn in earlier the following night.

Catch a summer siesta- A 15 to to 30 minute nap ( my favorite!) can improve your mood and alertness. If you find the time to snooze during the day time it so you are not too close to bed time, otherwise it might interfere with your night time sleep.

Exercise- Taking an evening walk or doing some non- intensive cardio or activity can help you to fall asleep faster. 76% of people who exercise describe their sleep as “very good” while only 56% of non exercises report the same.

Enjoy the summer and be good to yourself. Have fun and catch up on your sleep!

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