As some of you are aware our body follows, or a least tries to follow a rhythm. This rhythm is called the Circadian rhythm, it’s a natural cycle that basically signals your body and tells it when to wind down and fall asleep, when to get up, when to eat, etc.

This week we are focusing on the quality of your sleep. The quality of your sleep is immensely important.  

This week I want you all to go to bed at the same time each night. The reason is this practice will easily improve the quality of your sleep. Your body likes routine, it likes to have a rhythm (Circadian rhythm) so when your body gets used to going to bed at the same time this improves the quality of your sleep. And as a result it will help you deal with stress, it’ll help you focus more, it’ll help you get through your day more easily, as well as help prevent you from developing diabetes, obesity, and even cancer.

In fact, according to Dr. Grimaldi from Northwestern University, “When our sleep-wake and feeding cycles are not in tune with the rhythms dedicated to our internal o’clock, circadian misalignment occurs.”

What this means is that without getting quality sleep you are subjecting yourself to a whole host of problems. Such as increased stress levels, lack of focus, and increased heart rate.

And as I mentioned before a lack of sleep can have poor effects and increase our risk for developing diabetes, obesity, and cancer. So in short, this challenge is all about taking care of yourself and giving your body what it needs to perform and feel optimal.

This week’s challenge is to go to bed at the same time each night.

In a perfect world you want to shoot for about 7 hours of sleep a night. So figure out when you need to wake up, go back 7 hours and plan to fall asleep at that time. For me…that means I need to be asleep by 9:30 p.m.

Go be awesome, go get some sleep!

KELLEN LAKE – Honestly, I go to bed at around 9:00 PM, so don’t call :-).

PS – Who is in?


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