getting enough sleep
Being able to extend life, of course, is a great success. But simply adding years of sickness, frailty and decline is not a very appealing prospect. Unfortunately, the progress we are making in terms of keeping people around longer is not always matched by advances in personal health and fitness -- both physically and mentally.
It's possible that during the holiday season your family has accumulated a bit of a sleep debt with late nights and off-kilter sleep routines. I call it your Holiday Sleep Hangover. Chipping away at that sleep debt is a great way make the improvements in your family's self-care.
As parents we are often concerned with our children's sleep during the holidays but about what about our own? With all the hustle and bustle of the festivities, protecting our own sleep patterns tends to fall by the wayside. This holiday season, here are a few tips that can help you take care of yourself as well.
If everyone took care of those pillars of health, it would take less than 2 and half hours a day to change. A few more minutes to eat and grab health meals. That extra hour of sleep instead of TV, and 40 minutes to make your body and mind switch into a new gear to be ready to interact with friends and family.
I know some parents who can function on very little sleep and so can quite handily go to bed late and still be fine when their offspring disturb their slumber. I'm not one of them. I need sleep - the undisturbed, drool-on-the-pillow-and-wake-up-when-I'm-damn-well-ready kind. And I'm sure I don't have to tell you that I haven't had enough of that in the last four-and-a-half years.