healthy goal #5

Posted on January 31, 2012


It’s the last day of January (can you believe that?!), so I have our last healthy goal for the month:

Healthy Goal #5:

Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

This goal may be the hardest for you to meet because a lot of people have trained themselves to run on 6 hours or less of sleep each night. This really isn’t healthy.

Sleeping less than 7 hours can lead to weight gain as well as fatigue, depression, and other health problems/conditions.

If you aren’t currently sleeping at least 7 hours, try going to bed 5 minutes earlier this week. Next week, go to bed 5 minutes earlier than you did the week before.  Keep trying this until you are getting at least (or about) 7 hours of sleep each night.

An hour before bed, make sure to turn off your TV and computer {and phone or other bright light}. The bright lights can disrupt you getting to sleep and staying asleep.

Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every single day (including weekends). “Catching up” on sleep isn’t very effective and can sometimes leave you even more tired.

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If my sister reads this, she’s going to call me and tell me that she can’t get 7 hours of sleep a night {and I agree with her because I stayed at her house the other night, and no one slept the entire night}. I know some people may have small children that just don’t seem to want to sleep through the night, and there isn’t much you can do about that. But try to get 7 – 9 hours of sleep as often as possible. A 30-minute nap in the day can help re-charge you if necessary.

Don’t stress yourself out if you can’t get 7 hours of sleep every night. The point is to just do your best to get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can cause a lot of problems, and I’m sure you would agree that not getting enough sleep can make you pretty miserable, let alone unproductive among other things.

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Even though January is over, keep working towards living a healthier life.  The healthy goals are meant to help you incorporate healthier habits in your daily life; they aren’t things you have to do every single day to be healthy. I know you aren’t going to eat more fruits & vegetables everyday, exercise 150 minutes every week, always eat breakfast, cook at home more, and sleep at least 7 hours every night. Just work towards these goals, and do your best!

I’ve got some new recipes coming this week, but if you’re looking for good appetizers & dips to take to a Super Bowl party, try the spiced walnutscaramelized onion dip, jalapeño popper dip {a favorite on the blog}, or one of these hummus recipes.


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