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How many of you woke up tired today?

SLEEP. It’s suuuuch a hot topic.

Feeling your best can be a difficult task, but it’s even harder when you’re not getting enough sleep. Believe it or not, your bedtime habits can also affect your ability to shed pounds. Let’s discuss the importance of sleep for health and give you some tips on how to get a good night’s rest. So if you’re looking to feel better overall, make sure you are getting enough shut-eye!

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body’s hormones become imbalanced. This can lead to increased hunger and cravings, as well as decreased metabolism. All of these factors make it more difficult to lose weight. Think about what types of food decisions you make when you’re tired. Generally, you want to go for the more sugary stuff, the processed food — those types of things. This is all because our sleep hormones are out-of-whack, and our brain is craving sugar.

In addition, lack of sleep can also impact your energy levels and motivation. It’s hard to stay on track with your diet and exercise plan when you’re constantly tired. You might be forcing yourself to workout when you should be sleeping. Or, you might be so exhausted that you just can’t get that workout in to begin with. One day drags into the next, and before you know it, you’ve only moved this week for a super minimal time. When you’re well-rested, however, you have the energy and focus you need to stick to your healthy lifestyle.

Finally, getting enough sleep is important for overall health and well-being. When you’re well-rested, you’re less likely to get sick, and you have more energy to take care of yourself.

So if you’re looking to get healthier, make sure you are getting enough sleep!

Here’s some ways to prepare for a good night’s rest:

• Establish a regular sleep schedule and stick to it as much as possible.

• Create a relaxing bedtime routine including winding down for 30 minutes before sleep.

• Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine in the evening.

• Keep your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet.

• Reserve your bed for sleep and sex and create an environment that promotes relaxation.

With these tips, you can get the quality sleep you need! Looking for some help with your health and fitness goals? Book your free No Sweat Intro to meet with a coach here.