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October 20 2017

The Importance of Sleep for Active Women

Not only are a good diet and exercise essential for good health, but so is sleep. A study done by the National Sleep Foundation found that women have more troubles falling and staying asleep than men do. Women also experience daytime sleepiness at least a few days a week. A good night’s sleep is a must when it comes to performing at our best. Not getting enough sleep can result in daytime drowsiness, issues remaining focused, poor performance in school or on the job, increased mishappenings, heightened chance of sickness and also weight gain.

Getting the right amount of sleep is just as important as the quality of your sleep. Conditions unique to women such as menstruation, pregnancy and menopause can affect how well we sleep. This is because of the changing levels of hormones that women experience not only throughout the month, but over their lifetime. It is important to understand the effects of these hormones and other environmental factors and incorporate them into your lifestyle habits in order to get the quality of sleep that your body requires.

Today, I will be sharing four common sleep issues that women face and the solutions to help combat them.

Anxiety

Women make up nearly two-thirds of the estimated 40 million adults with anxiety disorders. A lack of sleep can actually worsen anxiety. If you find yourself struggling to sleep at night, it’s important to reduce your stress and anxiety levels. Yoga has been proven an effective method to help one achieve better rest at night. Consider, using a meditation/yoga/stretching app before bed. Routines like reading and listening to music are also familiar ways to ease your mind and prepare your body for a good night’s sleep.

Busy Mind

We’ve all had those nights where we couldn’t sleep because our minds were racing. If you find yourself having these nights more often than not, try developing a pre-bedtime ritual or routine to help wind down your mind and body. A bedtime routine helps to keep your internal clock in check, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up at the same time each day and night. 

Discomfort

Sometimes the reasons for why we’re not getting enough sleep are as simple as needing to replace our worn-out sleep essentials. If you find yourself tossing and turning in your sleep, see dents or signs of wear in your bed, or sleep better at other places it may be time to update your mattress. Invest in a well-designed mattress, breathable bedding, and proper sleepwear.

Hunger

Going to bed hungry can interfere with a good night’s sleep. Not only will your sleep be disturbed, but sleeping on an empty stomach can also cause you to overeat when you wake up. If you find that hunger is causing you to lose sleep at night, try a light, carb-heavy snack to cure your hunger pains.

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One thought on “The Importance of Sleep for Active Women

  1. My main sleep issue was an active mind. Due to my job and business I am always thinking of ideas, but i’ve found that meditating to fall asleep and first thing in the am has improved the quality drastically. Great reaad

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