05/03/2013 05:39 EDT | Updated 07/03/2013 05:12 EDT

Don't Skimp on Sleep

Want to look years younger? Want a beautiful complexion?


When I started doing seminars for business seven years ago, sleep became a major focus for me and what I spoke about. I get phone calls all the time to start biggest loser workplace challenges. I'd say yes, if I can call them wellness challenges. Weight loss alone has a low ROI (Return on Investment) for health. Hydration, nutrition, sleep, and lastly, exercise, have a huge return. Those are the four pillars of health. Having one out of balance throws off the whole mission to be healthy. Solid health means weight loss.

Weight loss needs to be the byproduct of a healthy life, then its ROI is almost immeasurable.

With all that said, sleep is going to be a strong theme in all my blogs. This time I am going to play to people's vanity in hopes of getting some restful shut eye. The anti-aging effects and reduction of under eye bags are well documented.

But how do you get those results?

When I have clients who are not getting the proper sleep I send them to Dufrense for a dream experience work up. With all the science out there, I want my clients to be utilizing it to the max. That means finding your best fit for mattress and pillow. Once you have done that, the next steps are a little more difficult.

  • Relax and time your wind down

  • Cut the TV

  • Create a stress free sleep environment

Alarm rings at 6:30 a.m., that means for 7-8 hours of sleep you need to be asleep at 11p.m. How many people plan to go to sleep? By 9:30, you need to be starting to bring your body down. No more e-mails, no more stressful conversations, and no more high energy activity. You need to give your body time to be ready to sleep. Don't even head to the bedroom until you are ready to go to sleep. Your room needs to be sleep friendly and a place your body recognizes as it's regeneration station. Set your day up to go to sleep and wake up ready for anything(including looking rested and beautiful).

TV is a stimulant, it engages the brain and keeps the body awake. If I had my way, no one would put a TV in their bedroom, and if they did, they wouldn't watch it within the hour of going to sleep. I want people to go to furniture stores with their mindset on creating a place to go to sleep. We are creatures of habit. That means when we create a room that is used for sleep, the sights, smells and sounds from that room will get our bodies moving towards falling asleep. If we go to the bedroom and add time watching TV the body won't go there to relax and shut down. Create an area with no TV pre sleep time.

All of that added together creates a stress-free sleep environment. That's what you need to do. Stress is the number one ager, and destroyer of our immune system. Creating a room that is stress free, and a place where we spend about 1/3 of our life is the perfect way to get your body all the benefits of sleep.

There is so much more for sleep. There are nutritional supplements, teas, and diet tips to go along with this. My goal with this blog is to start readers on the path of valuing sleep. Buy a new mattress suited to you, create a bedroom that puts you in the sleep mood and most of all, make it your goal to get 7 hours or more of sleep every night. It is a health must-do!

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