Sleep: Are you tired all the time?

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We all know that in order to be healthy (and happy) we need to get enough sleep. But still, most of us either don't get enough sleep or our quality of sleep is lacking. Let face it, if you're a mom you probably don't get enough sleep. If you work you probably don't get enough sleep. If you worry, you probably don't get enough sleep. And if you're a mom who works and also worries, you may have already forgotten what it means to get a good night's sleep.

I don't know about you, but I am tired all the time.   I guess it doesn't help that I stay up till all hours of the night doing my blog posts.

Alison Ford wrote The Stunning Consequences of Not Getting Enough Sleep for AlterNet...

Nothing feels worse than hearing your alarm clock ring in the morning when your body is screaming for a few extra hours of rest. Given the opportunity, who wouldn’t get more sleep? If I had a choice between a year of unlimited Easter candy and a year of unlimited sleep, I’d say “Bye-bye Cadbury” and “Hello, bed!”

Many people don’t get as much sleep as they should. Since the invention of the light bulb, people sleep about 500 hours per year less than they used to. Whether we’re kept awake by our partner’s snoring or we stay up too late watching TV, we wake up tired, groggy, and cranky. No wonder the coffee industry does so well. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation has some side effects and they can’t all be remedied with a little extra caffeine.

From Back in skinny jeans - 5 Sleep and Rest Tips...

Issues with your sleep can affect your health in so many ways. I'm learning this now as I am experiencing a bout with insomnia. I've been taking a holistic look physically, mentally, and emotionally at what things could be affecting my sleep. There is a possibility that my Inner Resistance Monster is using lack of sleep as one way to keep me from moving forward. If you're having sleep and rest issues, here are some quick tips, and if the problem has been going on for weeks, go see your doctor:

And what about beauty sleep? Would we look better if we just got more sleep? Someone at Women's Home Remidies thinks so...

If womankind half realized the beauty benefits of plenty of restful, refreshing sleep, all femininity would be crawling into bed at sunset. I’ve often wondered why the great sisterhood that is praying and working and fretting for physical loveliness does not understand that more real help comes from rational, hygienic living than can be squeezed out of all the cosmetic jars that ever enticed weak feminine hearts.

Beauty sleep! Why, we’ve heard of it since the long-ago days when our blessed mothers sung it, lullaby-fashion, into our ears!

Some of us are staying online till all hours of the night like Tricia who is In Search of Sleep...

It’s 12:30 at night and I am wide awake. Apparently my internal sleep clock did not realize that I’ve started a new regime, one in which I actually sleep. Instead of sleeping I’m surfing the net.

Ladies Home Journal has a quiz to determine if you are getting enough sleep.

Adequate sleep is especially important for parents who care for small children. Take our quiz and find out if you're getting the sleep you need, and if you have symptoms of a possible sleep disorder.

Do you get enough sleep? Could you use more? Do you have a secret for getting a good night's sleep. Let us know in comments. You can also take this quick poll...

 

Here are a few tips to help you get enough sleep from 61 Days To Better Health...

1. Try not to drink beverages with caffeine within six hours of your bedtime (that includes soda).

2. Turn off the t.v. and relax for 15 or 20 minutes before bedtime. This is a good time to read a book (I recommend a good inspirational book).

3. Don't go to bed hungry...But also avoid heavy meals before bedtime.

4. Some foods may help promote sleep - milk, tuna, pumpkin,
artichokes, avocados, almonds, eggs, peaches, walnuts, apricots, oats,
asparagus, potatoes, and bananas.

5. Avoid alcohol before bedtime. It may initially help you fall
asleep, but it also can cause disturbances in your sleep. Having an
alcohol drink before bedtime may make it more likely that you will wake
up during the night.

Also See:

5 Tips For Getting A Better Nights Sleep

From suite101.com -- Ten Tips to Help Fall Asleep and Get a Good Night's Sleep

Sleep Your Way To The Top

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Contributing Editor Catherine Morgan
at Catherine-Morgan.com and Women4Hope 

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