Health Change Tip #2

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Friends, it’s time to implement the next phase to a healthier you!

SLEEP is extremely important to your health, both mentally and physically. Having a routine sleeping schedule ensures that

  1. Your mental faculties are operating in good condition.
  2. Your body is recovering well from whatever physical activity you’ve engaged in the day before (work, exercise, recreation)
  3. Your willpower and decision-making processes are up to whatever challenge you face
  4. Your memory stays sharp
  5. Weight gain does not get out of control

 

Consider sleep to be a foundational pillar to achieving your health goals and any other goals you wish to achieve. When you do not have enough sleep, your emotional state falters and your rationale weakens. The choice to eat healthy food becomes a daunting task to follow through with because you are emotionally drained. It’s easy to theoretically believe that we will always make the right [eating] choices but are we ever as rational as we perceive ourselves to be? NO.

With that in mind, if we are going to make significant changes to a healthier version of ourselves, we want to arm ourselves with the right tools, we want to stack all of the cards in our favor to get the best results.

Think of sleep as a tool. If used and cared for properly, sleep enables us to break through any plateaus/barriers and builds a healthier you.

 

For brevity, this post will also talk about naps/power naps.

As a full-time college student in 19 hours, it is detrimental to my performance (both in class and in the gym) if I do not get enough sleep. To supplement my rigorous schedule, I take planned power naps throughout my day/ week to ensure that whatever task I am focused on gets my best attention.

I nap in increments of 20 minutes. If I can get away with it, I will always opt for 40 minutes at a time, but there are times I can only get away with 20 minutes. Try planning naps in your schedule regularly and share your results!

The next best thing to do is to PLAN your naps! There is no worry and stress on your day as long as you plan for naps and take them habitually. Only when you oversleep is there a crisis on your hands. We do not want that.

So where can you find that 20-minute block of time?!

  • Quit looking at your phone every damn minute
  • Limit your use of Snapchat
  • Instagram responsibly
  • Save that Youtube video for later
  • Erase your Facebook [Not kidding]
  • “Tweet” economically

 

I hope that you are still drinking plenty of water and your journey to a healthier you is going well! Changing your water intake is an important step to take so if you haven’t read that article yet, click here.

 

Sleep and nap well,

-Andy

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