Sleep, Glorious Sleep!
Hello again! I don’t know where you live, but it’s been raining here for TWO DAYS straight! All I’ve wanted to do is curl up in bed with a good book, some hot soup and time to nap. In other words, I do not want to get out of bed!
This thought about sleep and sleepiness really got to me! As if you didn’t already know, sleep is SO important. A consistently good night’s sleep, for at least seven to eight hours a night, is key to a successful day – and so much more. And the more I researched, the more I realized how many changes, both physically and mentally, sleep can have if we don’t get enough. How much sleep do we get as opposed to how much sleep do we really need? How does insomnia affect us?
Lo and behold, I found out that March is National Sleep month. It’s a good time to think about your sleep habits and how they affect your mind and body. The National Sleep Foundation is a great website to get information about sleep habits, sleep and menopause, obesity and any topic you can think of as it relates to getting zzzs. Lack of sleep can cause everything from hormone imbalance, poor immune system, inability to handle stress, weight gain, even lowers out ability to drive.
Don’t let sleep deprivation take over your life! BodyLogicMD just posted a great article on their blog about sleep deprivation, chronic fatigue and your hormones. If you’re in the throes of menopause, this article can help put your sleep habits in perspective, and hopefully help you start a conversation – with yourself and your doctor – about how to make positive sleep changes. They’re the experts, so check them out!