most people know sleep is important, but most of us probably think there isn’t much we can do to change how things are! especially since our schedules are so chaotic and so tightly regulated.
sleep can be improved through both duration and quality. so even if you don’t think you can improve how much you sleep, you can always improve the quality of what little sleep you get :)
here’s what we’re going to learn together:
- what to do daily to improve both duration and quality of sleep.
- the importance of natural light, direction, duration, intensity, and time. how often and how to fit it in!
- the importance of infrared radiation and direct sun exposure. how often and how to fit it in!
- how to use technology to support sleep – there are some really easy and neat things you can and must do.
- the simple, effective, and inexpensive gadgets you must have!
and here’s what you’ll get:
- 1.5 hours of mind-blowing information. everything we’ve learned since 2011.
- handouts – a mini-guide with notes, resources, links, a daily checklist, and a sleep calendar.
and here’s why it’s important:
- we all want to health, and we all want to be happy. I don’t think many of us realize just how important sleep is to health and happiness.
- health and happiness are synonymous – because when you find health, you find yourself, and you are automatically happier!
- what are our main indicators for health and happiness? well think about it. probably feeling good, good energy levels, stable emotions, and a body composition that we can be happy with.
after one night of poor sleep:
- you have less focus. simple tasks seem more challenging.
- your mood and emotions are off. you’ll notice yourself more moody, irritable, cranky, and sensitive.
- the next day your hunger and cravings are different. your tendency to want to eat more, snack more, and especially eat more carbohydrates increases.
- blood sugar handling is dysregulated, which means insulin levels are high, even when eating the same foods, which means your tendency to store body fat increases.
which means after one night of poor sleep, you’re less happy and your body composition is changing in the wrong direction!
poor sleep over days, weeks, months, and years and everything gets worse:
- stroke risk quadruples!
- obesity diabetes risk increases because of insulin resistance.
- ability to burn fat is almost completely suppressed.
- risk of cancer increases because of metabolic derangement and suppressed immune system.
- risk of heart disease increases because of inflammation.
- sperm count decreases.
- risk of death from all causes increases.
we’ve all heard this kind of information, but I’m not sure we understand it! and even if we do, most of us don’t know what to do about it, or don’t think there is anything we can change about what we are already doing.