Wednesday Workout Tip: Get a good night’s sleep
Hola! I hope everyone is enjoying this spicy hot day today. My mom texted me and told me “not to wear my woolies” – not sure what those are, but I assume long johns or extremely thick granny socks. Thanks for the advice momma, you are always looking out for me.
Sleep is restorative. I plan to post about sleep in the near future and will get into the nitty gritty details about the hormones and neurotransmitters involved then. Feeling fatigued is the number one sign of sleep deprivation however, there are a number of other conditions that could contribute to these feelings. They include: low iron, low B12, dehydration, nutrient deficiency (not eating your veggies), hypothyroidism, and hormones. If you are feeling fatigued and believe you are getting an adequate amount of sleep you may want to check in with your doctor about these other potentials.
OK so you’re getting enough sleep. All your blood work came back just dandy. So what is it? Well, it could be to do with sleep interruption as opposed to sleep duration. What do I mean? Well, I am talking about sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when the individual stops breathing for either 2-3 seconds or in some cases, 1 minute or longer. Yes, it’s scary. When you stop breathing your sympathetic nervous system goes into overdrive in order to wake you up to get you breathing again.
You do wake up. And you do start breathing again. In some cases sleep interruption can occur 1-2 times to over 100 times per night (or more). That’s a lot of sleep interruption. Not only will the individual experience increased day-time fatigue and reduced quality of life, but there are a number of deleterious health consequences…I will touch on those next week.
So get a good nights sleep. If you’re getting the hours, but still feeling whipped the next day (and this is a regular occurrence) go to the doctor. Better safe than sorry.
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