by Donna Durham June 11, 2019 2 Comments

You need more than a weighted blanket to get a good night’s sleep? YES!

You guys! I have been learning so much about sleep and I cannot wait to tell you about it because I think it will make a huge difference in your life. I've been sleeping so much better since I have read The Sleep Solution by W. Chris Winter MD.

 

(Isn't it ironic that the owner of a weighted blanket company has trouble sleeping?)

 

I am going to spend the month of June talking about sleep. There is so much to learn. The most helpful thing to know is that EVERYBODY SLEEPS! It may not seem like you are sleeping because you see the time on the clock every hour. You may just be experiencing the Light Sleep Stage. Light sleep is not very restorative. But I don't want to get ahead of myself.

 

Let's talk about why sleep matters.

 

Sleep matters because it is one of the three pillars of health: 

  1. Nutrition
  2. Exercise
  3. Sleep

 

Poor sleep quality is linked to a significant number of health issues: 

  • Hypertension
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Heart failure
  • Migraines
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Depression
  • Bed-wetting
  • Memory disturbances like Alzheimers

 

If we don't sleep well we won’t be well.

 

Of course it makes sense when we think about it. Recognizing the importance of good quality sleep has made me prioritize sleep.


One of the first things people want to know is... How much sleep is enough?

The answer? It depends on you and your body.

For years the "perfect amount of sleep" has been 8-9 hours. But we are all different.

Different age groups need different amounts of sleep. We need more as infants and less as we age. 

 

So how do you know if you are getting enough sleep?

 

Dr. Winter says,

“If you sleep well, feel well, and don't have symptoms of excessive sleepiness then you are probably getting enough sleep.”

 

It is typically between 7-9 hours per night. I am a 7 hour girl myself. If I get 7 uninterrupted hours of sleep I feel so good.


How about you?


What would you like to know about sleep during this blog series?

 


 

Donna Durham
Donna Durham


2 Responses

Sarah Seward
Sarah Seward

June 11, 2019

I usually sleep very lightly waking up several times a night and consequently often feel tiered. Would love to sleep more deeply and keen to hear about anything that might help ( although have already tried many things!)

Tammy Bledsoe
Tammy Bledsoe

June 11, 2019

6 to 6.5 hrs is my avg night.

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