Bad Habit: Skimping on Sleep

Screen Shot 2014-01-31 at 5.03.16 PMWhy It’s Dangerous:

There’s nothing better than waking up well-rested and refreshed, and not just because it feels great. Cutting hours from your nights can have some serious consequences which add up over the years. Insufficient sleep can result in:

• Incomplete hormonal cycles

• Loss of morning appetite, leading to low energy and poor eating patterns

• Missing crucial psychological repair

• Increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes

• Excessive release of stress hormones

• Inability to wind down in the evening

How to Stop:

Even if you can’t get the recommended 8 hours, start by planning an extra 30 or even 15 minutes of sleep a night. Even a small change can dramatically improve the way you feel and function. In addition:

• Limit food and drink intake before bed

• Get ready for bed well before bedtime

• Make your room very dark

• Exercise during the day

• Avoid work that requires alert thinking late at night

• Keep your bedroom a little chilly

 

 

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