Sleep. It does a body good.
“Eat healthily, sleep well, breathe deeply, move harmoniously.”
― Jean-Pierre Barral D.O.
Remember, total wellness is a delicate balance of several components. The physical component is important and therefore so is the care required to keep the body running efficiently. Even bodybuilders stress the importance of a rest day in their training equation. Muscles build, recover and recuperate while you get quality sleep. Rest is also a key factor in injury prevention…and you want to keep moving, right?!
Undoing the Work.
Sleep is not a luxury, rather a necessity. I know PLENTY of people who will argue that they are these unicorns who only need a few hours of shut eye. They hustle hard, get a ton of stuff done daily, fit in physical activities, leisure, everything that makes them believe they’ve got the formula down. I’ll be very honest and tell you that MOST of them may look lean and fit, but they do not look as young and vibrant as they think they do. Someone has to say it in plain [vain] English: LACK OF SLEEP WILL MAKE YOU LOOK OLD.
Even deeper, in an interview with The Guardian, sleep scientist and author Matthew Walker drops these gems: “No aspect of our biology is left unscathed by sleep deprivation…We have stigmatised sleep with the label of laziness. We want to seem busy, and one way we express that is by proclaiming how little sleep we’re getting. It’s a badge of honour.” His studies connect this to a myriad of diseases and conditions that we have sadly accepted as norms of the aging process.
Read Walker’s book for an extensively researched perspective on how sleep deprivation contributes to Alzheimer’s, diabetes, obesity and much more.
Shut Down the Beast.
I’m not a very nice person on no rest. Like not at ALL. My party all night and hop around with a smile on my face the next day era is OVER. There is no coffee, no steam room, no energy fizz that can correct my lack of rest. So I keep that mean beast away. Some of that requires not only staying committed to keeping up with a bedtime and morning ritual but also training others around me about how important sleep is to me. As a mom, freelancer, entrepreneur, natural-born go-getter–I can ALWAYS find something more to do in a day. I used to sleep with both my phone AND my laptop(s) next to me. Now I have given myself permission to disconnect.
Additionally, by setting boundaries with both business associates and friends/family I have less need to even FEEL like I need to keep those devices nearby. Sometimes I put my phone on Do Not Disturb but for the most part, I don’t have to. People learn very quickly that I will not respond to a text after 9:30-10pm unless that has already been established. My fix? Text or call me beyond my hours of availability and I’ll call you back when I rise with the sun. They learn!
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