02 Apr Sleeping like a baby?
Sleeping like a baby is a glorious thought, but unfortunately the reality of adulthood can get in the way. Unfortunately, sleep is one of the most underrated factors of a person’s health status. Along those lines, here are two questions for you:
- Do you have a consistent bedtime and wake up time?
- On average, how many hours do you sleep per night?
According to Harvard Health, “One in five Americans sleeps less than six hours a night—a trend that can have serious personal health consequences.” It is recommended that adults aim for 7-8 hours of sleep nightly. Adequate sleep aids in a multitude of health factors, but here are a few: improved memory, reduced inflammation, sharpened mental acuity, reduced stress, healthy weight, and better mood.
Studies show that a nightly routine, including a set bedtime, is enormously helpful in establishing a healthy sleep life. Additionally, if you think it’s time to be intentional about getting quality sleep, here are Twelve Simple Tips from Harvard Health:
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and other chemicals that interfere with sleep.
- Turn your bedroom into a sleep-inducing environment.
- Establish a soothing pre-sleep routine.
- Go to sleep when you’re truly tired.
- Don’t be a nighttime clock-watcher.
- Use lights to your advantage.
- Keep your internal clock set with a consistent sleep schedule.
- Nap early – or not at all.
- Lighten up on evening meals.
- Balance fluid intake.
- Exercise early.
- Follow through.
More details on each of the tips above can be found in the full article.
Workout/exercise spotlight: Push/Pull
According to Shape magazine:
Push and pull workouts incorporate exercises that utilize a pushing motion and or when pulling, respectively. For instance, a push day might include squats (yes, the same movement patterns are done with your lower body, as well) and push-ups, while a pull day might incorporate biceps curls and bent-over rows. Pushing and pulling are two of the basic movement patterns that make up functional training, along with motions like hinging and rotation.
For workout ideas along these lines, read the full article here.
by Victoria Emmitt RD