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Sleep, Stress, and Wellness

With all of our schedules being shaken up during quarantine, many of us seem to be finding our regular routunes disrupted, if not completely out the window. Along with many of our other healthy habits, our sleep may be becoming less and less consistent as we don't have those same commitments/motivations to get up, nor the desire to go to sleep at a reasonable time.• • We are being overstimulated by our electronics and a change in work environment being at home, gives us more stress at home when we aren't working. This is why having a designated work area (and time) in the home is important. If you work in bed, then when you get into bed to relax, your brain will subconsciously connect the stress from work with that environment. This is why it's so important to reserve the bedroom for sleep and relaxation. • • Many of us are working from home, if not just at home not working, and because of this it's easier for us to "enjoy the little things" all day long. To many this includes coffee, which we are enjoying later into the day. Whether we want to accept it or not caffeine consumption does affect our sleep, and sleep latency. The reason being that caffeine has a half life of 3-5 hours, which means it take at least 3-5 hours for H A L F the caffeine you've consumed to be processed by your body. This means that while caffeine effects peak very quickly, the lingering effects will still be present whether they are stimulating you to the degree you want or not. • • You can see how this may affect your sleep if you have a coffee at 3 or 4 pm and try to go to bed 5-6 hours later and still have the equivalent of 1 of your 2 cups of coffee in your system. Following this, we have people using sleep-aids as a means to suppress the stimulation and put them to sleep. Passing out from substances does not equate to restful sleep, as our bodies cannot run their repairative processes if our brains don't go into REM sleep. • • Reducing your caffeine consumption to before noon can be beneficial in helping you sleep. Accommodating stress by designating areas to work from home as well as incorporating adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms is another way to help your body manage stress. Remember that over consumption of caffeine and processed foods adds to the stress on our bodies and being under stress increases the likelihood of storing food as fat. If you keep all of your habits in an optimal place but have poor sleep habits and sleep deprivation, you're effectively working towards obesity. • • Wellness is holistic, there is no one quick fix. Manage your stress and soak up some sunshine, find some non-caffeinated alternatives you enjoy (like water- with lemon even!), eat real foods, and get to sleep at a reasonable hour. These are all simple habits we can employ to work towards a healthier self, today!

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