My last tip of the week spoke to night owls weighing more and being less healthy than those who get a good 8-9 hours of sleep every night. Sleep patterns weigh heavily (pun intended) on our hormonal distribution of ghrelin and leptin, those molecules that signal hunger and fullness. Less than optimal sleep means these boogers are groggy and not responding as and when they should, leading to excessive hunger and not recognizing fullness in time. Plus, sleep deprived folk tend to eat less fruits and veggies and way more starches and sweets. Hence, weight gain that leads to heaviness of mind (again, pun meant).
Now, this week’s tip reveals morning exercisers (vs afternoon and evening, the time when most ‘work-away-from-home’ folk tend to get to the gym) sleep longer and have lower blood pressure.
Curious, isn’t it, that sleep and when we choose to move is so all time important to our body function and metabolism?
You can slowly adapt to a longer sleep pattern by reducing stimulation in the evening, and as the night progresses, dim the lights, cut off the TV, read something pleasant while sipping a mug of warm milk sprinkled with cardamom or ginger with a spoonful of honey. Aim for getting to bed before 10pm so you can pleasantly arise at 6am, just enough time to get to the gym for circuit training, do a yoga class, or step outdoors for a walk or run. Tell me if this doesn’t make you feel better – I really want to hear your experiences. I dare you to see if more sleep and morning exercise lead to vitality, vim and vigor because so far, I haven’t met one person who could say it didn’t!