Some people are morning people . . . and others of us just aren’t.
Mornings are not my friend, especially when I have to wake up early. Whenever my alarm goes off, I always feel like I could stay in my cozy bed for hours longer, and I end up hitting the snooze button so many times that I’m running late and rushing through the rest of the morning.
I have never been, and probably never will be a true morning person, but over the years I’ve found a few tips to help me to wake up more easily in the morning. If you struggle with mornings as much as I do, then these tips might not perform enough miracles to turn you into a Disney princess waking up singing with the birds, but they might be enough to help make getting out of bed a little bit easier. Continue Reading
We know how important it is for our health for us to get a good night of sleep, and that’s what makes it all the more frustrating when we have a night where we can’t fall asleep or when we wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep again. At those times, all we can think of is how to fall asleep fast and we’re willing to try just about anything to get a good night of sleep.
One of the standard pieces of advice you usually hear is to just get up out of bed and read a book or watch TV or do some sort of activity until you feel tired enough to fall back to sleep again. This advice might be helpful for some people, but for many of us this method can backfire because either we end up getting a second wind and feeling too awake to go back to bed or we end up stressing about how much sleep we’ve missed out on. Continue Reading
Sleep. We all know how important it is, but it can be really easy to ignore the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and stay up later than we should.
As much as I know that getting a restful night of sleep is beneficial for my health, and as much as I know it’s best to stick to a regular sleep schedule, I still find myself procrastinating on going to bed because I feel like I need to get a few more things done or because I’m reading a good book and I want to read “just one more” chapter. Continue Reading
Did you know that it’s actually not really a good idea to eat a lot of muscle meats (like chicken, beef, pork, etc.) for your evening meal?
Wait a minute, you might be thinking. No meat at supper time?! Isn’t that what everybody does? Isn’t that the traditional way to eat?
Actually . . . no. It isn’t.
When you look back at food history, the supper meal was a lot different than the way it is for most of us today. In fact, our entire eating schedule is basically reversed from that of our great-grandparents generation and earlier. Continue Reading
A few months ago, I wrote about how I was trying to “sleep my way to better health” by focusing on getting good quality sleep and putting a priority on going to bed early. I even challenged myself to go to bed early enough each night for 30 days so that I would be able to get a solid 8 hours of sleep every night.
And, how did I do with this sleep challenge?
Well . . . let’s just say there’s still plenty of room for improvement in my sleeping habits! Continue Reading
I’ve been realizing lately that one of the best things I can do to improve my health is something that is completely natural, totally free, and requires no effort whatsoever:
It’s Sleep! Plain, simple sleep. We all do it, and we all need it, but how many of us actually get a full, restful night of sleep on a consistent basis?
Sleep Always Helps
Sleep is the body’s natural way of restoring itself after a day full of activity. And the rest we get during sleep is something that benefits literally every part of the body. Continue Reading
Early to bed, early to rise…
. . . And you know the rest. Every time I hear Ben Franklin’s famous quote, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” it sounds like a good idea, but I never seem able to actually follow that practice in reality.
Sure, I’d like to be healthy, wealthy, and wise, but can’t I be all of those things and still stay up late and sleep in late? Is it really that important to go to bed early and rise with the sun?
Something Needs to Change
I’ve never really considered myself to be a morning person. It’s much easier for me to stay up past midnight than it is for me to wake up at dawn. As much as I’ve tried to convince myself that there’s nothing wrong with my night owl habits, though, my inability to wake up feeling rested tells me otherwise. Continue Reading