When was the last time you heard someone bragging about how much sleep they got last night? Despite all the research showing how important sleep is to our health and happiness, we continue to delegate it to the bottom of our to-do list and admire those who seem to be able to get by with only a few hours a night. At a time when everyone is talking about the obesity crisis and how to solve it, no one is making the connection between not getting enough sleep and gaining weight. In order to get everyone to prioritize sleep over other things, we need to stage a revolution; we need to win their hearts and minds.
What we need are a few sleep superheroes! These sleep superstars will show the rest of us how getting the sleep you need makes you smarter, stronger, and better able to leap over things. They can provide a live demonstration of how driving when you aren’t drowsy is safer and how you can avoid fighting with your spouse over silly things when you are well rested. They can change the perception that not having to sleep makes you better one pillow at a time.
Here is what it takes to be a sleep superhero!
1. Create Your Own Fortress of Solitude
All the best superheroes have amazing hideouts where they can transform from regular everyday person to superhero. Sleep superheroes have bedrooms that are perfect for promoting a good night sleep. These sleep hideaways are dark, cool, and quiet and promote relaxation and sound sleep. Our superheroes don’t let the stresses of the day make their way into this special place. They keep it sacred and just for sleeping.
2. Get Physical
Every superhero must keep their physical form in top shape so that they can flawlessly perform their superhero duties and our sleep superheroes are no exception. Exercise has been shown to help you fall asleep faster and sleep better through the night. The key is to exercise at the right time. Most experts agree that working out during the day is the best way to safeguard your sleep. Exercising too close to bedtime can interrupt your natural rhythm and make it harder to fall asleep. This has more to do with body temperature than anything else as exercise makes you heat up and in order to sleep you need to cool down.
3. Do the Right Thing
Superheroes are known for their upstanding character and for doing the right thing when times are tough and the villain is just about to win. Doing the right thing isn’t any easier for our sleep superheroes who must choose again and again to prioritize sleep over that television show, sleep over another hour working around the house, and sleep over work. The best way to get the sleep you need to be healthy is to make sleep a priority over almost everything else.
No one ever said being a superhero was easy. But when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, we should all strive to be sleep superheroes.
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- Erratic Sleep May Contribute to Obesity and Diabetes (valleysleepcenter.com)
- Connection Between Exercise and Sleep (valleysleepcenter.com)