Are you an active adult that suffers from fatigue and is fed up with not having the strength, stamina, or energy, necessary to fully enjoy your life?
- Do you crave more energy to play with your children or grandchildren?
- Are you tired of feeling like napping after meals?
- How about your hobbies? Do you have the energy to do the things that you enjoy the most?
Believe it or not, there are some simple steps you can take, starting tonight, to ensure you wake up tomorrow with enough energy to fight fatigue and attack your day..
If you are fed up with not being able to do the things you want to do, or have to do, than let me share my secrets with you.
There are many techniques, that you have complete control over, that will allow your body to reward you with a healthier, more energetic life. If what you have been doing got you were you are, than you must be willing to make a few changes to get to where you want to be.
The most important tip I ever learned was:
“In order to change we must first change.”
Most of us fight change. We get into habits or routines and that is where we are most comfortable and content.
It takes about 14 days to change a habit, but it only takes 1 day to start that change.
An energizing day does not start when we wake up, it starts the night before.
When we get 6 to 8 hours of quality sleep, we wake up feeling refreshed, re-energized and ready to attack the day.
“How do we get quality sleep?”
Excellent question, I am glad you asked…Let me ask 4 questions.
- How did you sleep last night?
- Do you sleep through the night without waking up?
- Do you wake up before the alarm goes off?
- Do you wake up energized and ready to attack the day?
If you answered no to any of the above questions then keep reading.
It is a common misconception that we need less sleep as we get older. In fact, research demonstrates that our sleep needs remain constant throughout adulthood.
When you were a child, you most likely had a bedtime ritual.
Maybe it went like this:
- Nothing to drink after a certain time.
- You took a bath.
- You brushed your teeth.
- You had a set bed time.
- Maybe someone read you a book or told you a story.
- Then they turned out the lights and it was not long till you were asleep.
Why did we ever stop? Maybe our parents did have our best interests in mind. I always thought it was just so they could have some time to themselves. Maybe both, hah!
Make your own bedtime routine. Prepare yourself for restful sleep. By you doing this, it can significantly increase the odds that you will receive the quality sleep you are looking for.
Approach your sleep regimen with a plan. Give yourself time to experiment and try different things. It may be helpful to maintain a sleep journal,
Here are some useful ideas for a pre-bedtime ritual:
- Avoid stimulants like nicotine, caffeine and alcohol before bed.
- Take a warm bath (with bubbles if you like!).
- Do some light, non-work related reading.
- Do some gentle stretching before bed.
- Go to bed at the same time every night including weekends.
- Aim for 6 to 8 hours before you want to get up.
- Use your bedroom for sleep and intimacy only!!!
Breathing exercises, soft music, aromatherapy, yoga, and meditation are all excellent ways to unwind, relax, relieve stress, and clear the mind.
Many sleep aids are addictive and certain medications cause daytime drowsiness, robbing your body of the energy you are trying so hard to regain.
In most cases it is a deficiency in our bodies that cause the illness for which we seek medication. With proper maintenance, there is no need for most expensive medications.
Wouldn’t it make total sense to solve the deficiency, and allow our bodies to heal itself naturally?
I say, “Lets help our bodies help themselves”.