It is not just a plant-based lifestyle of eating that helps to make us healthy, sleep plays a part of that equation too.
Three ways to ensure a good night's sleep:
- Inviting, comforting, and decorating a room that is YOU: A good night's sleep entails an inviting room that represents YOU. Here is a picture above of my bedroom. Our bedroom represents my husband and I love of comic books. We decorated our bedroom, living room, kitchen, and entrance foyer with various pictures, action figures, and statues representing our love of comic books. To us, that is peace, love, and comfort.
- A warm drink: A good night's sleep also encompasses, a nice drink before bed. No not alcohol, but TEA! Chamomile, green tea, or other relaxing teas are great to help ensure a good night's sleep by relaxing the body and calming the mind.
- Early to bed or try to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep: My husband and I are in bed 9:00 PM- 9:30 PM and I wake by 3:45 AM with approximately 6 hours for me.
I have always been an early riser, even as a child, through my teens, young adult, 30s, 40s, and now even 50s. I was not one for early to bed and early to rise, but I would be in bed by 11 PM as an adult; however, now I value and practice the importance of what my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents practiced of in bed by 9:00 PM.
I awake at 3:45 AM or 4 AM Monday to Friday to do my 4 AM Home Yoga Practice for 1-1/2 hours with a 30 minute meditation with the routine ending at 6 AM. On weekends, I am still up early by 6 AM to make a 8 AM Bikram Hot Yoga Class at 8 AM on Saturdays and Sundays.
Today, with the impending threat of the South's major 2018 Snowstorm, I decided to try to sleep in until 8 AM with a workplace inclement weather closure. When I said try, there are always things impeding that sleep time, such as my dogs wanting to go out and eat, my husband getting ready for work, or just me waking up early. I wanted to do my yoga practice routine early today, but my body was calling for sleep last night as I cuddled under the blankets.
As I age gracefully, I learned to listen to what my body needs. Well, everything lined up today in the universe and the dogs slept in bed until I woke at 8 AM. I was in bed by 9:30 PM the night before and with a 8 AM rise, I felt renewed!
Here are 10 benefits of sleep summarized from Healthline.com. You can also access the full article of the Sleep Benefits link: click here for in-depth information on the benefits from Healthine.com
1. Poor Sleep Can Make You Gain Pounds
2. Good Sleepers Tend to Eat Fewer Calories
3. Good Sleep Can Improve Concentration and Productivity
4. Good Sleep Can Maximize Athletic Performance
5. Poor Sleepers Have a Greater Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke
6. Sleep Affects Glucose Metabolism and Type 2 Diabetes Risk
7. Poor Sleep Is Linked to Depression
8. Sleep Improves Your Immune Function
9. Poor Sleep Is Linked to Increased Inflammation
10. Sleep Affects Emotions and Social Interactions
May you feel renewed with your good night's sleep. Remember, it is not just a plant-based lifestyle of eating that helps to make us healthy, sleep plays a part of that equation too.
Donna M. Beaudoin
Disclaimer: Sister Vegetarian is a blog based on my vegetarian and vegan experiences and journey as well as others' experiences. I am not a medical, nutritionist, or exercise specialist; so, please consult your physician before starting any vegetarian and vegan lifestyle and exercise program.