My thoughts are with you and your loved ones during these uncertain times. Like so many of us, I have a heavy heart as I hear each day about the impact of COVID-19 on us all. I am sincerely inspired as I see our local communities, our nation and the world coming together to fight this pandemic.
As we know, our best lines of defense right now are to thoroughly and frequently wash our hands, keep surface areas clean, stay home, practice social distancing, and be mindful of our own self-care.
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Please know that I am part of your community and dedicated to supporting you through this unprecedented time. Stay safe and know that we will get through this together.
To our health,
One of the greatest commitments we can make to wellbeing and self-care is to get enough sleep. And, if you’re like me, you know that is sometimes much easier said than done.
Work, business travel, family needs, social commitments, and even vacation travel can interfere with our sleep needs. And, if you cut corners, you’ll certainly feel it the next day. There’s just not going to be enough oomph to get you where you want to go. You don’t need to scour the scientific research to know that a poor night of sleep can have an effect on how you feel all day long.
In fact, that’s one of our main wishes when it comes to wanting to feel better and stronger. We all want to wake up refreshed, clear, and full of energy—and not feeling that fog that we know won’t lift as the day wears on.
Even if you do plan for enough hours of sleep, there are all kinds of things that can disrupt your sleep—a partner snoring, hormonal imbalances stresses that weigh on you, or not properly shutting down to prepare for sleep. And not getting restorative sleep has an effect not just on your fatigue levels, but also on your overall health. Lack of high-quality sleep is associated with many long-term health issues, including brain and heart conditions.
Studies also show that getting fewer than 8 hours of sleep can decrease your metabolism, leading to weight gain and making weight loss even harder.
Over the years, I’ve learned the best ways to make sure I get quality sleep, even when taxing schedules can make it difficult. This approach means you need to think about the foods you eat (avoiding carbs that make your energy levels fluctuate) and your activity (regular exercise, and not too close to bedtime). You also should practice good sleep hygiene—powering down devices at least 30 minutes before bed is the biggie. Sleep is the time when important cellular processes are happening to keep you young and healthy. So when you skimp on sleep, you’re speeding up the aging process.
But on days when you just can’t get enough, or you spend all night tossing and turning, you can still try to salvage your energy levels the next day. These three are my favorite approaches to giving myself a jolt when I need it the most—or preparing myself to get better sleep during the night ahead.
This is about keeping your brain “uncluttered,” which lets you fall asleep without all those random thoughts running through your head. Try these practices during the day and before bed if a busy mind is keeping you from sleeping well:
You can trick yourself into feeling more energetic just by simply adjusting your posture and body language. Try these when you need an instant energy boost:
Literally, eat your way to a serene mind and enjoy focus and clarity throughout your day. If you’re eating keto, then you won’t experience the ups and downs that happen when you have blood sugar surges after eating carbs. If you’re not, you need to be careful that you don’t reach for sugary snacks when you’re feeling fatigued. They may give you a quick jolt, but it’s only temporary. Keep your energy level up by focusing on high-fat and moderate protein (and a small percentage of high-quality carbs). In addition, you can try these when you want to feel more grounded and in control of your day:
A little planning can go a long way to make these tips become healthful habits. Try them and see what helps. Practicing self-care is the key to aging well and being your best self to everyone around you. Here’s wishing you a great night’s sleep!