Welcome to my blog – a site committed to finding the healthier, more vibrant and beautiful you! My goal is to explore all aspects of health; helping you discover your inner as well as your outer beauty. I'd like to invite you to join me and begin your own personal journey to health and wellness. Let’s learn together through sharing our own unique experiences; turning them into growth opportunities. You know, you truly can be all you ever dreamed of and more! It is right here waiting for you to attain, and so much easier when we join together as women and friends seeking the same ultimate goal. I welcome your comments and look forward to getting to know you. May God bless your journey... ~Susan~

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

If I Had to Choose, I’d be Sleeping Beauty!

Princess Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty, not only got several great nights of sleep, she reaped the benefits, too. What a beautiful girl she was from all that rest! When I grow up, I would so love to be Sleeping Beauty J. Ok, back to the real world. You know - the world where you would sell your kids on eBay for a good night’s sleep!

Before we delve into the many health benefits of peaceful sleep, let’s talk about the harm of sleep deprivation.

v  Increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and many other health problems
v  Memory and concentration problems
v  Moodiness and irritability
v  Lack of motivation
v  Increased risk of having an accident
v  Difficulty making decisions
v  Weight gain (that’s a BIG one!)
v  Reduced immunity to colds and infections

My personal analysis is that growing up and being a Big Girl is stressful. And stress tends to wreck the whole Sleeping Beauty scenario. If you want to trash all possibility of a Vibrant and Beautiful You, just go without sleep for a while.

Unfortunately, life today is fast-paced and chock full of stress. I’ve heard it said, though, that stress is mostly self-inflicted. In that case, there’s actually something we can do to induce a good night’s sleep - DE-STRESS!

Merriam-Webster’s definition of De-Stress is: “to release bodily or mental tension: Unwind”

Here are a few ideas to help you unwind and I’d certainly welcome your tips, too.

v  Practice 10-20 minutes of deep breathing
v  Go for a relaxing, slow-paced walk
v  Drink a nice hot cup of  herbal, caffeine-free tea – a sleepy time variety
v  Punch a pillow (for those really stressful days)
v  Pay your kids to give you a foot or back rub or sweet talk your hubby
v  Watch a good comedy or call a ‘funny’ friend who makes you laugh
v  Snuggle up in your favorite blankey and read a good book
v  Spend some quiet time reading your Bible and praying
v  Play some of your favorite relaxing music
v  Eat fish – the Omega-3 fatty acids are known to reduce stress
v  Turn off the computer and television a couple hours before bedtime
v  Take a hot bubble bath by candlelight (wine is optional)

But isn’t it interesting, that the very BEST de-stressor of all is a good night’s sleep.  According to a recent report on Fox News, there are some amazing benefits of getting your rest:

v  It improves your memory
v  Possibly lengthens your life and improves the quality of your life
v  Curbs inflammation that is now known to be linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and premature aging
v  Results in more creativity
v  Improves physical and mental performance
v  Aids in controlling your metabolism
v  Lowers stress
v  Decreases depression and anxiety
v  Prevents accidents


Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together
~Thomas Dekker

May God bless you with peaceful sleep...

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