How Sleep Can Reduce Stress

Calling all moms!!!!!! 

It’s the season of giving more of ourselves than we should allow. As moms, we are exhausted and irritable because of the exhaustion. We give and give and give until we’re running on empty. When we’re left on empty we have nothing else to give and that’s not what’s best for our families. So what do we do as busy moms running on fumes? We take care of our needs and health, so we can take care of the needs and health of our family! But how do we do this? 

Secret Health Weapon.

We instill the secret weapon for ultimate health! Want to know a health “secret weapon” that can boost brain power, increase energy, reduce stress, and tap into weight loss this holiday season? So what is this magical thing that I am speaking of? It’s not a wonder drug, it’s not a diet pill, and it’s not a new caffeine source… ⭐ It’s sleep! ⭐ But before you say, “Yeah, yeah, I get it” and move on, I promise you, you’re going to want to keep reading. 👉 If you’re someone who gets little to no sleep, this is for you. Right now. Just 1 or 2 hours of less sleep at night can result in: – Reduced reasoning and problem-solving skills – Less productivity at work – Higher risk of getting into a car accident – Poor interactions with others, excessive moodiness, and even the  development of depression – Increased stress hormones causing easy weight gain, strong appetite, and lack of control over eating habits. Yikes!  That doesn’t sound like the way I’d like to spend this holiday season (or any season, for that matter!) I’ve been on both sides of this. Getting the sleep I need to function as a healthy person, meaning I’m focused, not rushing, and am more intentional about making healthy food choices. When I don’t get enough sleep, I’m usually losing focus, feeling rushed and stressed, and giving in to those cravings.
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Read about why moms need to prioritize sleep here. Waking up well-rested can result in: – Clear and focused thoughts – Quicker reflexes – Increased energy to accomplish more tasks – Balanced hormones, allowing appetite and cravings to decrease, and weight loss to occur easily.

Tips for getting more sleep.

It’s hard for moms of littles, like myself, to get the sleep required because bedtime is so often the only time we have to relax or focus on something other than taking care of everyone else. It’s nice to not be interrupted during a TV show or reading a book. However, if you follow a consistent bedtime and wake time routine, you will find how much more productive you will be and perhaps you’d be able to get a little more you time in at night. So how do you get that Sleeping Beauty quality sleep? Here are some tips: -Use dark out curtains and an eye mask to eliminate light -If your partner snores, try wearing earplugs -Don’t drink caffeine past 10 am -Stop eating right before bed -Eliminate blue light screens at least an hour before bed (this can be done by using blue light blocker glasses or turning off the blue light on your phone/computer) -Exercise at some point in the day (just not at least 2 hours before bed) When we don’t get the sleep our bodies require, other issues may arise. Stress, impatience, and irritability are few things that may affect us and others around us. If these issues aren’t taken care of in a healthily, depression and mental health issues may begin to take over.
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And that’s not beneficial for anyone. Take time to self care so you can be physically, mentally, and emotionally there for your family. Are you a new mom struggling with mental health? Read my solutions for getting me through tough times here. So, does more snooze-time sound like a good-time?! Drop a 😴 below if you’re going to make an effort to get more sleep this season!  We are in this together! Stay Healthspired! ~Nicki

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