Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sleep Them There Pounds Right On Off With the Power of Sleep!

One thing I haven't spoken much about is sleep.

A healthy amount of sleep is important for tons of reasons. Blood pressure. Memory. Good skin. Sanity. And of course maintaining a decent weight.

Think about it for a moment. On the most basic level it's pretty simple, the less you're awake the less time you have to cram stuff into your face. When you're awake more, you eat more. When you feel your energy level tubmle bacause you have horrible sleep habits, you're going to eat more food to drive the energy back up. And more likely than not, you're not burning significantly more calories.

One change I've struggled to make is to try to get a healthy amount of sleep every night. This is a huge change I've been making toward living an overall healthier life.

If you have trouble getting to sleep, here's a nice lullaby;

I've always had lousy lousy lousy sleep habits. Always. Not sure why. I, persoanlly, blame a lifetime habit of procrastination. I keep putting it off until it's 3 AM. Oops. Then the kids, or work, or school woke me me up at 7AM. Day after day. Year after year.

I used to take some warped sense in pride in my ability to get little sleep and wander around the world in a half-awake zombified state. Used to.

But one can be fairly sure that if the human body begs and pleads for something naturally Most Every Single Day day, it's most likely for a good reason. Your body needs it. Things like Breathing, Eating, Crapping, Blinking, Getting It On, and of course Sleeping.

Seriously...being proud of ongoing sleep deprivation is tantamount to proving your machismo by going around all day every day minus a pint blood....that you didn't bank, cuz if you DID then you SHOULD be proud that you donated blood....

...okay it's not a perfect analogy, but you get the idea.

The body and brain need sleep.

Now...some folks out there have to work two or three or fifteen jobs and come home to a house of wee little kids who need attention, and dinner, and some mommy/daddy time, and if you're in that situation you've got bigger challenges in the world than not getting enough sleep. Ya do what ya gotta do.

But for the rest of us, if you're like me and you have simply neglected your body and it's basic sleep health for no good reason...ya may want to re-think that. You'll feel more alert, you'll eat less, you'll be a less grumpy person, your memory will improve, your blood pressure will drop. You'll just FEEL better. And you'll probably LIVE LONGER. And you'll lose weight.

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