Self-Care Challenge (Day 25): Sleeping In

On day 25 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored the art of sleeping in.

It might seem that being on vacation would offer plenty of opportunities to sleep in.

Not so on this fishing trip.

Each morning, breakfast was served promptly at 6:30 a.m., allowing just enough time to enjoy a quick cup of coffee before the guides began arriving at the dock.

With the exception of one lazy, rainy morning, each 11-hour day seemed to overflow with activity. From fishing to snorkeling to shopping to kayaking to exploring local culture, there was little time to spare on sleep.

So, after a week of busyness it was refreshing to have a day of rest after returning home.

Most of us recognize that getting enough rest is important for maintaining good health, yet it seems these days, more and more people are running on fumes and relying on energy drinks to make it through the day. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute “Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.” It’s also been linked to obesity.

Getting adequate sleep is an important act of self-care. But just how much sleep is enough? Most adults require about 7 to 8 hours of sleep each day. When we feel our best, we can live our best.

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