Get Some Good Zzzzzzzz

When looking at recent studies, 30-40% of adults sleep less than six hours per night! We should be getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep.
We now know that poor sleep hygiene as well as loss of sleep contributes to Diabetes and Obesity.  These studies show that those who sleep 5 hours or less, have a 48% increased risk of developing Diabetes.
Here are some guidelines for good sleep hygiene:
·         ~ Start a regular bedtime routine, and try to go to bed at the same time every night.

·        ~ Decrease your intake of caffeine and alcohol. Even when consumed early in the day, these can affect our sleep.

·         ~ Get plenty of exercise during the day. The more energy you use up during the day, the sleepier you will feel at bedtime.

·        ~ Practice stress reduction. Breathing exercises, saunas and yoga are great.
    ~Eat at least 3 hours prior to bedtime.  Make sure supper is not a large meal

       Did you know….
     ~Research shows that the best hours of sleep are from 10pm to 6am. Between these hours, is when our most healing sleep occurs. 
     ~When we don’t get healing sleep, our immune system is at risk. 
     ~Sleeping 8 hours from midnight to 8am is not the same. Try making this change from 10p-6a and see how good you feel. :)   

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