By Kelsey Fields
Sleep. It’s important. We all know that.
You know what’s also important?
That’s where the moral dilemma comes in. You can’t sleep until your husband and kids feel loved and are taken care of, all of your grading (or work) is completed for the next day, and there are enough clean dishes and clothes to last for at least another day. That often means sleep is put-off while the dishwasher is put on. After reviewing some research from recent studies at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, I’ve decided to step away from the chores and into my PJ’s.
According to that research, over one-third of Americans regularly skimp on snoozing. It may not seem like a big deal at first, but millions of drowsy people equates to dangerous roads, higher health care costs and reduced productivity. Not only that, sleep deprivation impairs learning, decision making, emotions, and adds stress. It also raises risks of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity and more.
If you hop into bed and you just aren’t tired yet, try these tips:
- Cut down on caffeine in the afternoon. My rule of thumb is no caffeine after lunch.
- Turn off all electronics at least one hour before you go to bed. Lights from computers, phones, and TV’s slows down your body’s production of melatonin, which is what helps your body go to sleep.
- Do something to relax before you go to sleep. I like to diffuse lavender essential oil and read a book.
- Don’t take a nap after 3 P.M. (I know what you’re thinking, who has time for a nap?!)
Once you do finally get into a good habit of 7-8 hours of ZZZ’s each night, you will reap the benefits. Check out this graphic from Tech Insider that outlines the benefits:
Thank you and good night ;).
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Kelsey is an elementary teacher (in her first year of teaching!), a Beachbody certified Insanity instructor, avid runner and yoga enthusiast.
When she is not working out, you will find her cheering on the Denver Broncos, substitute teaching and spending time with her family. She is wife to Blake and mom to busy 2 year-old son Max and soon to be one-year-old, Mick.