Are You Getting Enough Sleep? Quick Quiz.

Let’s take a little quiz about sleep today. Do you (mark all that apply):

• Wake up tired in the morning?

• Need a nap in the afternoon?

• Fall asleep watching TV?

• Have frequent small accidents at home, or large ones on the road?

• Have trouble focusing on the job?

• Find yourself sleepy after lunch?

• Have trouble figuring the correct change from a purchase?

• Feel irritable or depressed most of the time?

• Feel like you’re not getting anything done?

• Drink alcohol to get to sleep?

• Drink several cups of coffee or energy drinks to stay awake?

• Have difficulty falling asleep?

• Have difficulty staying asleep?

If you answered “yes” to more than three of these questions, you’re probably not getting the kind of sleep you need to support health. Sleep is one of the most overlooked aspects of health in our society today. I encourage you to make more time for it in your life. So, today, I want you to write down a sleep goal to achieve, alongside your other health goals.

 


Sleep! It's a Habit of Health

Sleep is nature’s nurse. When we ignore the importance of sleep in our health and lives, we can’t fully enjoy the benefits that regular, restful sleep provides. Even one night of inadequate sleep can ruin our mood, impair our judgment and sour our interactions with everyone else.

Sleeplessness can leave you feeling mentally blurry and irritable. Lack of sleep can also disturb appetite regulation, contributing to weight gain and ultimately, the problems associated with obesity. Sleeplessness has also been linked to heart disease, increased inflammation (which can lead to cancer), and a 50 percent increase in your risk of viral infection.

Have a hard time sleeping? Take a close look at your schedule. Could you go to bed earlier, or wake up later? Try to increase the time you devote to sleeping for a week, as an experiment. Giving up the late night TV show you usually watch could have big health benefits. When you go to bed, leave electronic devices by the bedside. Turn off the lights and the technology (except for an alarm clock) and talk to your health coach for more tips to get a good night’s sleep.