Diet, check! Exercise, check! Sleep?

Did you know that sleep can impact your weight loss journey? Unhealthy sleep patterns can lead to an imbalance in some hormones, like cortisol (the stress hormone), and make weight loss more difficult.

After a good night’s sleep, you tend to feel more motivated, focused and less stressed. Adequate sleep, which for most adults is 7-9hrs, improves immunity, mood, memory and because your hormones are more balanced, your metabolism tends to be more balanced as well!!

 

Try to unwind and snuggle up early!

Most of us are busy. We go from early morning wake ups, straight to work, back home, make dinner, then screen time to unwind. Well, did you know that a good night’s rest starts long before your head hits the pillow? It does!

Try to put down your phone an hour before you plan to hit the hay. Reducing blue light exposure, an hour before bedtime, has been shown to help your mind shut down.

Stay on task! We all follow a crazy schedule. Make a schedule for yourself at night. Lay down at the same time each night. Develop a routine for yourself. Trying to go to bed at the same time nightly, will help train your brain, and can help falling to sleep a bit easier. 

Another tip is to take a warm shower at night. Most of us are used to showering in the morning, but taking one at night,  will help wash the day away!

Try some guided meditation. Find a quiet place, turn off the lights and turn on the app! Many of these can be found online, some as short as 3 minutes.

As we replace our water intake, it is also important to replace our electrolytes. As fluid leaves our body, it takes Sodium (salt) and other electrolytes like Magnesium with it. When we lose these elements, we can have symptoms like muscle cramps, nausea and fatigue. As you can see, our bodies are delicate creatures! Replacement of electrolytes can be done easily these days, you can get powders, tablets and prepared drinks to help. But, read your labels, there can be many hidden sugars, so please be careful! My favorites are “LMNT” and “Liquid IV sugar free”. Both of these can be found on Amazon.

You have taken the steps to better your health. Don’t stop short! Go the distance and set yourself up for success! Eat healthy, stay hydrated, work those muscles and get some sleep!!! Good Night All!!

Thanks for reading,

Sheri, RN
Head of Nursing Services