I am a workaholic. I have a huge heart and deeply care for every single patient that rolls into my doors or onto Skype. I will stay up until the wee hours working on online programs and patient files but there are some nights I don’t. Because I’ll admit, some nights I just need to zone out. I’ll sit there in zombie-mode, throwing mixed nuts into my mouth well passed 8pm aimlessly scrolling through Netflix fighting off sleep. After countless nights of having six or less hours of sleep…
I stopped fighting and truthfully, it was the best thing I did for my stress levels.
So why do we do force ourselves to stay up despite our bodies screaming to do otherwise? Chances are, if you’re anything like me, it’s the one part of your day that you have some free time. Problem is what we end up doing with it, is far from riveting but rather soul sucking and actually bad for you. Here are some reasons why:
Hello muffin top!
If you haven’t heard about the stress and obesity link, here’s your dose. By not getting enough sleep, cortisol levels rise and abdominal fat begins to accumulate around your mid-section. The more you fight to stay up, the more your two appetite hormones (leptin and ghrelin) go off kilter, meaning you’ll want to eat more.
Depression & the inability to cope
The same brain chemicals involved in the sleep-wake cycle are also involved in mood and energy concentration. So it’s no wonder why we feel terrible the next day after getting less than eight hours of sleep. Even after one day of not getting enough sleep our feelings of overwhelm and ability to cope with stress plummet.
Goodbye sex drive
Its no surprise but the less sleep means less sexy time in bed for both men and women as libido decreases substantially. And it’s no surprise when stress hormones rise and in men, testosterone plummets. So do yourself (and your partner) a favour and rest up.
Fast track to aging!
If the health effects don’t scare you, then maybe vanity will. Excess cortisol (your stress hormone) will lead to a breakdown in collagen that would otherwise function to keep your skin smooth and elastic. By getting enough deep sleep, your growth hormone is released allowing for proper tissue repair.
Making the conscious effort to stop fighting went passed just a vanity issue. I knew that excess cortisol would also lead me back to PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and there was no way I’d let my body go back there. But to quit this fight, I had to set rules for myself. Here’s an example: No Skype consults passed 7pm, no social media checking passed 9pm and leave 10pm onwards to unwind. In my upcoming revamped pay-what-you-can Stress Detox, I’ll be holding myself and everyone accountable through a private Facebook group page. This will be different than the year prior because there will be accountability and support to make sure that everyone stays on track. Plus there will be more recipes, experts webinars, and so much more all for a price anyone can afford.
In the meantime, as an added bonus, I’ll be providing another FREE webinar this month on Stress & Letting go on Wednesday October 23 at 7:30pmEST. So if you’re interested in this and getting details about the Stress Detox when it launches, join my tribe and don’t miss out. When you do, you’ll also get a free copy of my Sexy Smoothies ebook.
With so much free value on its way, what are you waiting for?