Who doesn’t want a good night’s sleep? It recharges you for the next day, it gives your enzymes and hormones the green light to repair and restore cells and muscles. And as researchers now tell us, it’s also essential for clearing out the metabolic garbage that builds up in our brain during the course of the day.
Sleep. It’s the essential, health-supportive, feel-good habit that we get to treat our bodies to every night. And while most of us are aware of its importance, not everyone thinks about the health of the space they’re sleeping in -- their bedrooms. Granted, you probably wash the bedding and vacuum on the regular, but your bedroom’s still got a dirty little secret.
For those of us who live in the temperate zone, winter is a real thing. Not only does it have its own characteristic weather profile – gray, chilly, intermittently snowy or slushy or rainy – it’s got its own emotional profile to match. Call it the winter blues or the winter blahs.
For many of us, being relentlessly stressed-out has become an almost ‘normal’ state, however unpleasant. Unfortunately, the stress overload of modern life can have a massive impact on our health, weakening immunity, damaging organs and, over time, increasing the risk for many of the diseases we fear most.
When it comes to the end of one year and the start of another, I always like to take some time to reflect on the lessons learned and think about the tweaks we all can strive to make going forward. This year, going into 2020, I propose focusing on 20 behaviors that encourage wellness in all aspects of life.