Health Coach Leslie Knox: Are You Sleepy Now?

Are you sleepy now?

It is National Sleep Awareness Week! In addition to just making us cranky, sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss can put us at risk for: heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes as well as contribute to depression and the inability to lose weight.

  1. How much sleep is needed?

The range varies obviously for ages but anywhere from 7 to 17 hrs is recommended by the National Sleep Foundation. The older you are the less you need and the younger you are the more you need (8-9 hrs are recommended for adults)

2. How can you ensure a good night’s sleep?

Here are some tips:

  • Stick to a sleep schedule, even on weekends & create a relaxing bedtime ritual
  • Exercise daily and minimize alcohol and caffeine
  • Evaluate your bedroom to ensure ideal temperature, sound and light and turn off electronics before bed
  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows

Since sleep is important to our overall health, we need to pay attention to our sleep patterns and make getting a good night’s sleep a priority.

Made possible in part:

As with all exercise programs, when using our exercise videos, you need to use common sense. To reduce and avoid injury, you will want to check with your doctor before beginning any fitness program. By performing any fitness exercises, you are performing them at your own risk., YMCA of Greenville or HIS Radio will not be responsible or liable for any injury or harm you sustain as a result of our fitness program, online fitness videos, or information shared on our website. This includes emails, videos and text. Thanks for your understanding.
You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs. This is particularly true if you (or your family) have a history of high blood pressure or heart disease, or if you have ever experienced chest pain when exercising or have experienced chest pain in the past month when not engaged in physical activity, smoke, have high cholesterol, are obese, or have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in physical activity. Do not start this fitness program if your physician or health care provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising you should stop immediately.

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