Sleep plays a huge role in overall health and well-being but it is often neglected. In fact, studies show that 1 in 3 adults aren’t getting enough sleep. In today’s world, it is very common to put sleep last on the to-do list. It may not seem like a big deal, but prolonged sleep deficiency has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney failure and diabetes as well as emotional instability. If you’re experiencing any symptoms of sleep deficiency such as, waking up feeling tired or falling asleep while watching tv or riding in the car, try out these tips for a more restful night’s sleep.
February is heart health month and we would be remiss if we didn’t take this opportunity to talk specifically about women’s heart health, considering February 12th was the International Day of Women’s Health, and March 8th is International Women’s Day.
So what, specifically, makes the difference in women’s heart health, versus men? According to the APA, approximately 50% of women experienced an increase in their stress levels in the last 5 years. We know diet, exercise and genetics play a tremendous role in heart disease, but don’t underrate stress as a contributing factor. Stress increases your blood pressure, can result in binge eating, and reduced energy.
Here are 6 great ways to beat stress in your life, and maximize your heart health in a completely non-invasive way:
- Take time for yourself. This could mean something as simple as an extra long shower, a few minutes alone in the car before you head into chaos, or tuning out the world with a pair of headphones and a soothing playlist.
- Ask for help. Oftentimes we try to take on too much to avoid inconveniencing anyone else. It takes a village!
- Be realistic. Maybe you’ve heard the saying “if you want it done right, do it yourself”. But maybe just getting it done is good enough. So the clothes may not be folded the way you like, but at least it’s done and out of the way. The dishwasher may not be loaded for optimal cleaning, but there are dirty dishes in there; set it and forget it.
- Mindfulness techniques. We literally can not say enough about the incredible benefits of this simple activity. If you need help getting started, here is a great resource: http://bit.ly/2zSpOsI
- Exercise. I know, I know. But trust me. It is scientifically proven that exercise does wonders for your stress levels. You don’t have to go to extremes! Stretching counts too!
- Neurofeedback. If you’re looking for a long-term stress solution we have the answer! Neurofeedback results can last for as long as 40 years after treatment! Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2y3jgp7