Both quality and duration of sleep are fundamental components of good health. Numerous studies have demonstrated the negative impacts of insufficient sleep (quality and/or duration), and we've all felt the acute effects: low energy, irritability, decreased physical and cognitive performance, and increased appetite and sugar cravings. The reason is that even just one night of poor sleep can significantly impair hormone function, including those that regulate appetite, satiety, blood sugar regulation, and stress. On a chronic level, poor sleep can become a major factor in determining risk of virtually every chronic disease. So what can we do about it?
We'll be spending this first week working on our "sleep hygiene," a collection of habits and practices that help to facilitate quality sleep. Tonight we will be focused on the following:
That's it for tonight; sleep tight!