New Sleep Discoveries You Need To Know

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I’m a 8-10 hour girl

My sweet spot is 9:30p-6:30a. Yup,  if I can do this I can do anything. Call me superwoman – I can conquer the day, ward off bad news, bad vibes and daily struggles with resilience. I can even exemplify tremendous patience with my kids at their worst.  Translation:  I don’t lose it.   I look better, feel better – and looking better makes me feel better. I’m energized and strong. Summed up;  when I get the sleep I need, I am at my best!

But if I don’t, I’m in trouble – especially if it goes on for more than one night. Getting through the day can be a tortuous struggle. I’m worthless as my foggy brain fights to be clear, sharp and productive. Blahhhhhhhh… life in general suddenly feels like a jog through quick sand. And forget the resilience – I become sensitive, cranky and vulnerable – and to make it worse, I crave crap food. What’s up with that?  “Give me carbs!” my body screams, and while you’re at it I really need some cake. Yeah perfect, carbs and sugar – now I really feel lousy, cuz I ate it.

For the obvious reason that I am no party when sleep deprived, I make sleep a priority in my everyday healthy living regimen.  Which is also why when I host a dinner or throw a party, I have no problem kicking everyone out when my glass slippers start to crack – of course I do make the occasional exception, but I think guests appreciate avoiding a ride home in the pumpkin and getting to bed at a reasonable hour too.  This also allows me to throw a school night dinner party without wrecking the rest of my week or having to save all my good times for the weekend.

A good night sleep makes me a better person, wife, mom – but I have learned so much more about sleep after watching this TED talk from Russell Foster circadian neuroscientist.  Foster answers why I crave cake when I’m sleep deprived as well as shares some surprising new sleep discoveries making big news. Did you know that sleep is directly linked to your mental health?

I am now even more protective of my ‘Superwoman Sleep’  not to mention my children’s  as well – according to Foster, it may just save your family from serious issues later.

Sweet dreams!  XO ~ L

** Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist: He studies the sleep cycles of the brain. And he asks: What do we know about sleep? Not a lot, it turns out, for something we do with one-third of our lives. In this talk, Foster shares three popular theories about why we sleep, busts some myths about how much sleep we need at different ages — and hints at some bold new uses of sleep as a predictor of mental health.

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