Work It Out Wednesday: 3 Ways To Get Some Rest

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep Psalm 127:2

It seems like a simple warning. If we do not rest we lose focus.Not getting enough rest can destroy you. It’s interesting one of the key subplots in the hit Broadway  play is that Alexander Hamilton’s lack of rest causes him to make a poor judgement call that undoes his political trajectory. Unhealthy daytime habits and lifestyle choices can leave you tossing and turning at night and adversely affect your mood, brain and heart health, immune system, creativity, vitality, and weight.

Here are a few ways to get some rest.

Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day. This helps set your body’s internal clock and optimize the quality of your sleep. Choose a bed time when you normally feel tired, so that you don’t toss and turn. If you’re getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally without an alarm. If you need an alarm clock, you may need an earlier bedtime.

Avoid sleeping in—even on weekends. The more your weekend/weekday sleep schedules differ, the worse the jetlag-like symptoms you’ll experience. If you need to make up for a late night, opt for a daytime nap rather than sleeping in. This allows you to pay off your sleep debt without disturbing your natural sleep-wake rhythm.

 

Get some much needed exercise.People who exercise regularly sleep better at night and feel less sleepy during the day. Regular exercise also improves the symptoms of insomnia and sleep apnea and increases the amount of time you spend in the deep, restorative stages of sleep.

 

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