Lack of sleep, still hungover, exhausted from looking after the kids, housework, laundry and the list goes on. The coolness and the darkness of the room and the sound of the alarm is really the last thing you want to hear on a Monday morning. Whether it be a hectic school run or a delayed commute into the city, staying in your warm, comfortable bed is so much more appealing than facing the day ahead. No matter how much sleep we have, we still feel tired, it feels like a constant vicious cycle.
How a lack of sleep can affect us besides dreading mornings..
- A lack of concentration at work
- Poor work performance
- Grouchy/ short tempered
- Feeling lethargic
- Feeling run down
Bad news for snoozers..
It has been said that snoozing is bad for us, because we’re confusing our body clock. We don’t know if we should wake up, or sleep.
Just like when we consume food, we chew, and it can take up to 20 minutes for your brain to get the signal that your stomach is full. Which is why we can end up over eating.
Have you ever had it where you wake up before your alarm? It feels so great, like we’ve had the best sleep ever, we feel so in control by waking before we need to, getting out of bed seems easier and the day runs a little smoother. Humans like routine, the brain feels safe. If you have a routine sleep arrangement, you will have more fulfilling sleep, but, life is busy/ you work shifts/ you have 101 things to do,
So how else can we have more spring in our step first thing in the morning?
Step 1- Drink enough water.
(Undiluted, unsweetened, unflavoured, pure water.)
We know that the ideal human body is made up of 60% water in men and 55% water in women (fat makes up more of the female body than men)
As a guide, we should drink round;
- 3 Litres of water if Male and
- 2.2 Litres of water if female
The above are average standards. If you work outside in the heat, have a physical job or work out a lot etc, you should consume more than this, as you will perspire more, for e.g. An average person sweats between 0.8L to 1.4 litres in just 1 hours exercise.
Why water is so vital, not just for a good nights sleep;
- Helps deliver oxygen all over the body
- Lubricates joints
- Regulates body temperature through sweating and respiration
- Digestion – Converts food to components needed for survival
- Allows the bodies cells to reproduce and survive
- Flushes body waste, mainly urine
- Needed by the brain to manufacture hormones and neurotransmitters
Besides a restless sleep, ways of knowing you don’t drink enough water;
- Energy is low
- Joint pain
- Always hungry
- Dry skin
- Dry eyes
- Dry mouth
- Don’t sweat when working out
- Dark urine
So the question is, will you start drinking enough water?
Drinking enough water, but still struggling to get out of bed on a Monday morning?
Mind running at 100mph, struggling to switch off, feeling like we’re always on the go, all factors which will also affect your sleep pattern. Sometimes we feel like we need to make drastic changes to our health and or wellness, because we get so run down/exhausted. I had a friend text me at the weekend asking for nutritional advise, because she herself had a break down and ended up fainting being taken to hospital. It’s in these fatalities, these moments where we have a scare that we realise, our health really is the most important thing, for if we do not have our health we have nothing at all.
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