How’s your sleep?

It’s fair to say we live in a sleep-deprived culture. We all know people who wear their sleep deprivation as a “badge of honor” which seems so silly when you think about it. Sadly, the consequences of poor sleep take a huge toll on our health. Sleeplessness directly affects our health, mood, motivation, appetite, weight, and more. I recently participated in a webinar series called Smarts and Stamina with MJ Shaar. It motivated me to change my work schedule to allow for more sleep in the morning hours…because I just can’t seem to get to bed early. So far, I love it! It’s amazing what 45 extra minutes of sleep does for my body and soul. Since sleep affects so many other parts of our health, it makes sense to try some simple things to create better sleep. Try some of these ideas to Conquer the Conk-Out If all you do this summer for your health is add on an hour more of sleep you may be amazed at the outcome. What simple things have you done to create better sleep?

Fatigued?

Of course I’m “fatigued” – isn’t everybody? I have a pretty good idea why and like most people, I just want to know how to fix it. Fatigue is a feeling of weariness, tiredness, or a lack of energy. Fatigue can often be traced to habits and routines…sleep, nutrition, exercise, stress, schedules, unrealistic expectations and on and on. So, how do you kick vigor back into life without making a major life change or upsetting everything? Check out these tips to boost energy levels. Two that always surprise me are relaxation and exercise. They seem so wrong when I am already dragging my wagon! Relaxation techniques – yoga, breathing, mindfulness – actually break the drain that anxiety has on your energy level. Movement and exercise boost energy. Another close link exists between the quality of your sleep and fatigue. For tips on getting a better night’s sleep, check out How’s Your Sleep?  Fight fatigue! check out 10 Ways to Reduce Stress and Revitalize Your Life.