Apr 1, 2024


When it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, many assume exercise and nutrition as the most essential factors…

However, don’t sleep on getting enough sleep!

A good night’s sleep is as important, if not more vital than consistent exercise and a balanced diet. Without a full night’s rest, you immediately increase the risks of experiencing negative side-effects like poor performance, slower cognition, mood swings, hormone fluctuation, weight gain, depression, and more…

An improved sleep regimen can provide immediate benefits, especially in today’s digital age where workaholics and ‘the grind’ are put on a pedestal. This often leads to poor sleep cycles, lack of rest + recovery, and, ultimately—burnout. Instead, we need to flip the switch on what’s truly important so that we can tackle life with a new vengeance.

Some benefits include:

  • Reduced stress

  • Improved mood

  • Enhanced performance

  • Weight maintenance

  • Improved brain function

  • Lower health/blood markers

These are only a few of the more prominent benefits. It is easy to fall off the wagon when it comes to achieving health goals, especially when it comes to sleep neglect.

Below is a list of tips to consider when trying to improve your sleep routine.

  • Reduce light exposure before bedtime (especially blue light emitted by digital devices)

  • Avoid overconsumption of caffeine during the day, especially as it gets closer to nighttime.

  • Go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time each day… Consistency is key!

  • Set your bedroom temperature to an optimal 70 degrees

  • Consider natural melatonin supplements, if needed.

  • Schedule your day to END in the early evening because downtime and unwinding are key to a restful sleep!

  • Optimize your lifestyle by exercising regularly and maintaining a diet that that is right for you and your goals (see blog for help)

Summary: The importance of sleep is undeniable. Getting enough sleep is essential for helping a person maintain their health and well-being. You can’t expect to have enough energy to function, let alone exercise and diet, without it!

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