Don’t sleep on sleeping!

Feeling tense lately? Or simply worn out? Perhaps the solution could have to do with smarter sleeping.  Although you might not be able to control all of the factors that interfere with your sleep patterns, you can adopt better habits that encourage more restful sleep. Start with these simple sleep tips.


sleep is just as important as exercise

As important as it is to get out and exercise, getting enough restful sleep can also affect your exercise outcomes. Most adults require between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. If you do not regularly get enough sleep you might limit your motivation, energy levels and your body's ability to recover from exertion (as well as illness and injury).  Read more at


...and exercise can help you sleep!

Insomniacs looking for a good night's sleep may want to hit the treadmill, take a walk or play a game of golf or tennis. A recent report shows exercise promotes good sleep - and the more vigorous the workout the better.


did you know

  • More and more scientific studies are showing correlations between poor quality sleep and/or insufficient sleep with a variety of diseases, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression.
  • The average adult needs a total sleep time between seven and nine hours per day. While sleep patterns usually change as we age, the amount of sleep we need does not.
  • If you wake up in the night and can't fall back to sleep within about 15-20 minutes, get out of bed and do something relaxing. Do not sit in bed and watch the clock. Experts recommend going into another room to read or listen to music. Return to bed only when you feel tired.
  • How much a person sleeps at night can impact their weight. This is because the amount of sleep a person gets can affect certain hormones, specifically the hormones leptin and ghrelin, which affect appetite.





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