This post is sponsored by our friends at Sleep Number. All opinions and quotes expressed are our own,
Are you tired of being so tired? Do you dread the holiday season because you know it means travel, in-laws, extra cooking and baking, bad weather, deadlines and just PRESSURE? Are you worried about fitting in your workouts because of all this but also because, you find that with a busy schedule, you have no time OR energy for your training?
You aren’t alone.
Hopefully you’ve tuned in to some of our Facebook Live sessions earlier this year on the topic of sleep. If not, don’t worry, we’ll link up all the other posts for you for your easy perusal, at the end of this blog. The reason we’ve partnered with our friends at Sleep Number is because we’ve learned how important SLEEP is for overall health and wellness, and for the gains we want to make in the gym. We’ve also discussed why a lack of sleep is not “no big deal”—and how a lack of sleep or poor quality sleep all the time affects virtually EVERY part of your life.
It’s time to start paying attention to your sleep- and committing to doing all you can starting NOW to improve your sleep and get more of it.
When you do so:
- Your nutrition will likely improve.
- Your workouts will improve, and therefore, your gains will improve.
- Because of the above, your fat loss goals will become more attainable.
- Your productivity at work will improve. Hello, holiday bonus!?
- More happiness and joy and less stress means an improvement in overall health and longevity.
Is that reason enough to pay attention to getting better sleep? I mean, really, does anyone ever say “Oh I hated that restful nap…” Or, “Last night I slept so well and didn’t toss and turn or wake up all night—that was horrible!” No.
Sleep is a good thing, and we all are better for it, so let’s stop acting like getting too little sleep is cool or admirable. Let’s recognize that if our sleep is lacking, we are 100% capable of changing it—mostly with lifestyle changes.
Can we also strongly recommend that with holiday season here….you tell Santa that you need a Sleep Number bed? Trust me. This will change your life forever. You will sleep like a baby and probably your only challenge will be convincing yourself to get out of bed each morning. Truth.
On this round of posts, we’ve decided to share with you some quotes from top experts in health, wellness, medicine, fitness, nutrition and mental health. Consider their experience and expertise and why they tell their patients/clients that sleep is a top priority.
First, we have my own doctor, and a frequent guest on our FitFluential Radio Podcast, Dr. Lane Sebring. (You might also want to listen to this 2-part interview (Part 1) and (Part 2) I did with Dr. Sebring on cortisol. HINT: We talk about the top priority for healing taxed out adrenals and cortisol being stress reduction and sleep. Yup.)
“Going from eight hours of sleep a night to seven hours can reduce the damage to your immune system by 70%.
Through the years, my patients have taught me good sleep is required to heal and to stay healthy. If I could give my grandchildren a special gift it would be that they awoke every morning of their life having had a great night sleep.
The truth is, one of the top recommendations I make to my patients in order to get well is to focus first on sleep—getting more of it and getting high quality sleep. Great sleep affects EVERYTHING in your life and when I see patients with massive amounts of stress and experiencing issues with sleep (often due to stress) – I know that one of the biggest impacts will be made for them when they focus on stress reduction and getting better sleep.”
Dr. Lane Sebring
Dr. Sebring is helping me with some pretty serious health concerns—most importantly, adrenal fatigue and low cortisol. His #1 recommendation for me has always been and continues to be GET SLEEP, MAKE SLEEP A PRIORITY. TAKE NAPS. Rebuild your strength with rest.
Think about it.
How much sleep are you regularly getting a night? What are your biggest sleep challenges? Tell us in the comments below and be sure you are subscribed so you can learn more about sleep in our continuing series with Sleep Number.