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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Happy Saturday SP

Our AWESOME co-lead Misty chose Serenity for our BL extra team challenge this week the challenge is to get 6-8 hours of sleep/day. I came across this article on twitter which was perfect! So I decided to share!

The article can be found on realage.com I shared the link!

Doing the toss-and-turn samba in bed lately? Nix these 7 sleep-stealing habits to help you snooze peacefully instead.

Avoid caffeine after lunch. Caffeine lingers in your system for up to 12 hours, so that after-lunch coffee can leave you wide-eyed at bedtime. Switch to decaf after midmorning, and try chamomile tea or warm milk in the evening. Both will help you get your ZZZs.

Downsize those big dinners. Large dinners take hours to digest, making it hard to fall asleep. Make lunch your main meal of the day, and limit dinner to fewer than 500 calories. While you're at it, skip spicy foods and MSG for less heartburn, indigestion, and too-vivid dreams. Try these 6 smart snacks to help you sleep better.

Work out early. Regular workouts can help you sleep better, but exercising within 3 to 4 hours of bedtime can actually mess with sleep. Shoot for morning, afternoon, or early evening workouts. Walk during the day, sleep better at night.

Skip the nightcap. Booze pulls a bait-and-switch when it comes to sleep. It makes you drowsy so you nod off, then it makes you wakeful and restless throughout the night. Skip alcohol within 2 hours of bedtime.

Turn off the TV. Glowing screens from electronics, such as TV, computers, and even your e-reader, signal your brain to stay alert. Power down an hour before bed.

Kick the habit. Like caffeine and alcohol, nicotine is a stimulant. What, you need another reason? Use these 10 steps to quit smoking in 31 days.

Don't work in bed. The stress of going over spreadsheets and other work-related tasks makes it hard to fall asleep. If you work on your laptop, you're getting a double-whammy of stimulation because you're in bed and in front of a glowing screen. Use the bedroom for sex and sleep only.
Take this assessment to find out what's getting in the way of your sleep.

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    Thanks, for posting this Dimi! Sleep is a very essential part of this new healthy lifestyle! We still burn calories while at rest and more so if you are active while awake! These tips can help you make the most of your rest time!

    3280 days ago
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    3282 days ago
    Great info-thanks..i fight with the toss & turn samba way too much!
    3283 days ago
    emoticon mmmmm sleep love my sleep
    3283 days ago
    Sleep isn't an issue with me. IT is eating i'm having the issues with. lol.
    3283 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    LOL! I'm TRYING to get enough sleep, but I'm soooo jetlagged at the moment!!
    3283 days ago
    Thanks Dimi, for sharing this info! Like Nancy, I could make a few changes in my routine too. Think I will give them a try.
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    3283 days ago
    Well, nothing keeps me from GOING to sleep, so if I still do some of those things it doesn't bother me. What bothers me is waking up after six or so hours and not being able to go BACK to sleep. Despite my bout of insomnia earlier in the week, I don't usually have a problem with it.

    One thing this article didn't mention is bringing home your work in your head. I used to do that A LOT, and that was the worst for not getting enough sleep.
    3283 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder!!!!!
    3283 days ago
    wow - guess I have a few changes to consider if I plan to take advantage of this healthy activity - and improve my 'lifestyle'.

    Thanks for a great article that identifies very doable steps.

    3283 days ago
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