The Health Triad is REAL…
It is a simple and very effective approach to great health and longevity. It’s personal development at its finest.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t market as well as the attention-grabbing, quick-fix weight-loss gimmicks that are so prevalent in the health & wellness industry.
Because unlike quick-fix, effort is required with The Health Triad. And the results take time.
We wrap up our 3-part series this week. You can review Parts 1 and 2 in the links below:
Part 3 is about the importance of quality sleep. But not just quality. Quantity matters too. Between 7 to 9 hours every night.
So how do you determine where you fall in that range? You can find your “Goldilocks” zone by waking up without an alarm clock.
Let’s say you determine that 7 hours is too little; and 9 is too much. But 8 hours is “just right” for you to feel recharged and rejuvenated.
If your alarm clock sounds at 6:00 AM every morning, you may be wondering, “How am I going to get 8 hours of good quality sleep? It’s impossible.” Well, it’s easy math, but you may not like the answer.
If you find it difficult to get to sleep on time based on your current routine, you may need to set a go to bed alarm at 9:45 until it becomes a habit so you’re in bed by 10. Nighty night!
This shouldn’t be a problem if you’re getting up early, exercising regularly, and working your ass off all day long. By 9:00 PM you’ll be exhausted and wanting to hit the sack. But we also need to realize there will be special exceptions along the way.
Earlier this year I created a program called “The 6 Pillars To Better Health & Vitality”. In it, I did a 4-part segment on sleep. And I have included links to each of the 4 posts below.
- Time To Get Some Sleep
- When You Don’t Snooze, You Lose!
- Relax and Recharge for Longevity
- Harness The Power
You would think sleep is one of the easiest things you can do. And for some of us, it is. But that’s not true for everyone. Many adults have a difficult time trying to get to sleep (like my wife). Which could make getting your required 7 to 9 virtually impossible.
You can prove how crucial sleep is by conducting your own experiment; on the weekend of course. Aim for only 4 to 6 hours of sleep by setting your alarm. Or if you’ve recently had a late night with limited sleep, that will work too.
How did you feel the next day when you were sleep deprived? Not exactly focused, productive or energetic, right? Would irritable, lazy and disoriented be a better description?
It’s a great example of the importance of getting adequate sleep.
If you struggle with getting to sleep, I would like to pass on a few sleep-inducing tips from the experts. Here are a couple of articles that I found to be informative on the topic.
You’ve probably seen some or all of these tips before. And you may be thinking (or yelling), “These don’t work for me!”. My advice would be to relax and try to give it some time.
One or two nights is not enough. I would suggest approaching it like a new habit. By giving yourself at least 3 to 4 weeks to try new things and let them take shape.
Besides, what do you have to lose?
There are massive benefits when you’re able to log 7 to 9 hours of good quality sleep every night. So please do whatever you can to make this a priority for YOU!
I’ll leave you with a very interesting quote from the National Institutes of Health. “Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety”.
Thank you for sharing your time with me. I hope you found value (and tranquility) in this week’s post.
Now it’s time for YOU to take action…
What’s your Win to be Thin? Leave a comment below.