We Do So Much – But What’s The Cost?

As women, we are genetically wired to DO. We are doing all day long. Regardless of age, stage of life, marital or job status, we are doing. How many tips, books, and programs have you taken over the years to help you do more efficiently? I’ve read, listened to and attended a plethora! However, the genetic compulsion to DO is still there. I really have to work hard to tame it and just BE for a change. Can anyone relate?

The cost to habitual doing, or giving into to the compulsion, is not only significant to our own health, it also robs us of who we really are. When doing, doing, doing, we are unable to be our noble qualities that are unique to each of us. My life, and compulsion was transformed when I took Celebrating Women – Regarding Power and Ecstasy

otherwise known as the “Queen” course a few years ago. I finally understood on an emotional, spiritual and physical level what my incessant doing was costing me and my family. What was just as startling was the scientific evidence that supports this amazing course. With that said…here’s some interesting news about doing and sleep deprivation.

So Much to Do, So Little Sleep

The National Sleep Foundation survey found that 60 percent of the women polled said they only get a good night’s sleep a few nights a week — or less. And 43 percent said daytime sleepiness interferes with their daily activities.

Sleeping less than seven hours a night is associated with a higher body mass index (a ratio of weight to height) / higher body fat percentage and a higher likelihood of obesity, according to a study of more than 25,000 people published in the journal Sleep.

Other researchers looked at the results of 23 studies and found that 17 of them supported an inescapable link between insufficient sleep and increased weight. The findings were published online Jan. 17 in the journal Obesity. So…as you think about your strategy for winning the “battle of the belly”, perhaps it’s time to change your sleep habits too.

The health risks aren’t limited to weight gain. For the fun of it, I did a google search and >95,000 hits came up regarding sleep disturbance and the impact on health! Sleeping challenges have a significant impact on your Endocrine system, creating an imbalance in many hormones including cortisol levels, which in turn impacts your adrenal glands and your sex hormones. Sleep deprivation is the root cause of many health challenges.

  • Insufficient sleep has been linked to medical conditions diabetes and hypertension and cardiovascular disease (stemming from weight gain).

Yet is does not stop there!!

  • An estimated 1,500 fatalities and 71,000 injuries from motor vehicle accidents on U.S. roads every year are the result of drowsy driving.

  • Sleep deprivation costs Americans more than $100 billion annually in lost productivity, medical expenses, sick leave, and property damage.

Here are a few “sleep hygiene” tips (that’s really what it’s called) that’s I’ve shared for years that will have dramatic impact if implemented:

  • Exercising regularly. It’s best to complete a workout at least a few hours before bedtime, however.
  • Finishing eating at least two to three hours before bedtime.
  • Avoiding caffeine and nicotine close to bedtime.
  • Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule, including weekends and holidays
    • Your most restorative sleep (the best health benefits) actually are between 9pm and MN. So…work on getting to bed earlier!
  • Creating a sleep-conducive environment that’s dark, quiet, comfortable and cool.
  • Sleeping on a comfortable mattress and pillow.
  • ONLY use your bed for two things- sleep and sex.
    • Things such as TV and reading books are best done in a chair or other rooms.

I realize it may take some practice, some help from others, and an act of human spirit to stop the compulsion of doing until you drop. However…the benefits really will be worth it, when the next day you have more energy to do and BE your best self!

 

Comments

  1. 707ray says:

    Im not drinking those normal plain water, im drinking kangen water every single day.

    • Lori Finlay Hamilton says:

      Fabulous!! Kangen water is very hydrating! It’s micro-clusters help it get to the cells, where it’s needed, within nano-seconds. However, that does not negate the fact that we all still need more water. The guidelines for weight per ounces of water still applies:) You will just be healthier and your organs will function with greater ease!
      Great work!!
      Lori

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