Day 6: Go to Bed Early
Today, your challenge is to go to bed early.
Sleep is probably the most under-discussed area of health.
A couple of months ago a client asked me what healthy behavior I would prioritize above all else (in this case, while on the road traveling) and I told her: sleep, hands down.
Sleep deprivation is linked to a host of health issues (I encourage you to Google it, it's astounding) but 2 in particular for our purposes:
- Mood. When we're well-rested, light, and clear, it's a whole lot easier to feel increasingly good about ourselves and the world around us. When we're exhausted and irritable, it's a lot easier to be hard on ourselves and feel defeated in our relationships with food and our bodies.
- Hormone imbalances that lead to unwanted food cravings, among other challenges. Since carbs and sugar are forms of quick energy to the body, we've evolved to crave them when we're tired. These are cravings we might not otherwise have if we were well-rested. So, why add the mental strain of having these cravings if they're not what we truly want anyways?
Which leads me to...
Head for bed early tonight. If you typically head to bed at midnight or later, aim for 10pm. Midnight or earlier... 9-9:45pm.
It helps to wind down by stepping away from electronics, lighting some candles, dimming the lights... letting yourself go inwards.
Post on social media with the hashtag #NourishYourselfChallenge and let us know how it went for you!
See you tomorrow for our 7th and final day!