Self-Care Challenge (Day 25): Sleeping In

Belize Sunrise, 01.16.2016, 900It would seem that being on vacation would offer plenty of opportunities to sleep in. Not so on this trip.

Each morning, breakfast was served promptly at 6:30 AM, allowing just enough time to enjoy a quick cup of coffee before the fishing 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 waste on sleeping.

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

Most of us understand that getting enough rest is important for maintaining good health, yet it seems 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 (NHLBI), “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.

(If you love trivia, the Cleveland Clinic has some really interesting sleep facts.)

 

 

Stacy Fisher-Gunn
Stacy Fisher-Gunn

I'm a Self-Care Coach, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Author, and Founder of Living Upp. This community is a reflection of my desire to create an inspiring gathering place for people who want to explore self-care and live up to their fullest potential.

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