And Then I Slept…
|October 8, 2013||Posted by Sarah under Health & Wellness, Healthy Living|
We all know sleep is important, right? In fact, it’s one of the MOST important aspects of a healthy lifestyle. It’s the time our bodies regenerate and we allow ourselves to fully heal. It’s crucial for physical health, mental well-being and our overall functionality during the day. Cats get..why don’t we?
This past weekend I had another whirlwind adventure in Walt Disney World for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler race weekend. Not only did I run a 10-mile race, but I also trekked around Epcot for 3 days exploring the International Food & Wine Festival. Tough, but someone had to taste test all that food! I only averaged about 5 hours of sleep for the 4 nights that I spent there and by the time I got home yesterday I was completely exhausted. I basically dropped my bags and passed out with the cats for 2 hours. I woke up to eat dinner with B and then was back in bed by 9:00 pm, sleeping for close to 9 hours. I can’t say I woke up refreshed, but damn that felt good.
So given that we know how important sleep is, why do we continually push ourselves to complete exhaustion? Why is sleep NEVER a priority? I fall victim to this all the time. There is always something that is keeping me from going to bed on time or getting that much needed 8 hours of sleep. My next blog post, bills to pay, food to prep, laundry to do. But really, what is more important than my health?!
This weekend was an extreme example of not getting enough sleep. With the race starting at 10:00 pm, your sleep schedule gets completely thrown out of whack. Plus, we all know when you’re in Walt Disney World you’re just too excited to sleep, right?!?! But coming back from a weekend like that really takes a toll on your everyday life. I still feel drained and I’m sure I will not perform well at the gym tonight. My diet has been suffering because I’m too tired to prep meals for the week. And so on and so on.
This week I am committed to getting a minimum of 8 hours of sleep per night. I need to get my body back to a healthy state so I can focus on all of the other things that are important to me. Will you make the commitment and get 8 hours of sleep per night with me???
How much sleep do you get per night? How do you recuperate from an exhausting few days?