Episode #9: Welcome to the Coaching Closet, I'm your host Richele. Thank you so much for joining me for this episode. Today we're going to talk about sleep and sleep hygiene, and how important that is to our health and our relationships. I'm sure that you can relate to this. I have not always had the best sleep hygiene or sleep habits, one reason for that is because of a night owl, and our world isn't really revolved around those particular sleep rhythms, so I've had to adjust at certain times in my life to accommodate the world's schedule. But our sleeping habits really do affect our lives intensely, and they do affect our relationships as well. So many times, disagreements or even fights, arguments, they happen because someone just needs a nap, someone just is freaking tired and they are cranky, so it's really important to understand that. And if we just would pay attention to all of our healthy habits and make us a priority, we would function much better in our relationships. So sleep hygiene. What is it... What does that even mean?
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• The only time I really got to go with my natural schedule was when I became an entrepreneur, that was just most recently, and I did stay up and sleep late, but it didn't really work for me because the hours that I needed to work on the phone and the computer, it's just better if you're up when everyone else is working. So I've adjusted my schedule to go to bed, you know around 11 o'clock at night and get up around 7 or 8 in the morning, it works out that the best sleep hygiene comes from doing that. (02:54)
• I looked up the best temperature to sleep in... They said 65 degrees. I mean, for me, that's a little cool, but everyone has a different temperature they like to sleep with, but generally cooler is better, maybe around 70 degrees. It just helps to have a cooler environment to sleep in. You want to make your bedroom environment really comfortable. The linens you sleep in, the comforter you have on, whatever you like to sleep under, and then you're clothing, or if you don't like to wearing clothing, just make it all really cozy. Make it to where you enjoy going to sleep, where you look forward to it. (4:05)
• It definitely helps your weight, if someone's trying to lose weight, I know as a health coach, it's just not going to happen if they have sleep deprivation. Can't lose weight. Your physical health is definitely affected, your mental health is affected greatly, if you don't get enough sleep, you have increased anxiety, you have increased depression, so you want to get your sleep. And if you don't get enough sleep, you'll have fatigue, irritability, mood changes, difficulty focusing and remembering, and reduced sex drive, all of those things, as you can imagine, do affect your relationships. And also no sleep can cause inflamation, that can lead to arthritis, that can lead to disease and all kinds of things like that. Having a bedtime routine, like I said, set hours, the comfortable bedroom environment, those can all aid in getting enough sleep. (05:13)
• But quality is even more important than time, so if you're in bed and you're restless sleeping or getting up every couple of hours, not comfortable, that's also detrimental to your health. So you may want to use something, a natural supplement like melatonin, magnesium also helps with sleep. Talk to a doctor, talk to your wellness provider if you're having trouble staying asleep because there might be an issue there, but pay attention to it because it is very important. It's not something that should be overlooked and it will affect your relationships. If you are well-rested, you're going to feel like you're ready to take on the day and you're going to be happier in the long run. (06:37)
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