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Subject: Healthy Habits Challenge – Day 6 – Night Night

Welcome to Day #6 of the Healthy Habits Challenge.

We sure have covered a lot of amazing topics already, haven’t we? Holy smokes!

I hope you are doing well, and making small changes as you can. I know you’re probably crazy busy, so that’s why even the smallest changes can really make a big difference, over time.

Let’s talk about catching some Z’s, shall we? Believe it or not, adequate sleep has a lot to do with your overall health and your waistline.

I know how it goes…

You’re on a roll with getting things done, and you want to just keep pushing through. The temptation to stay up just a little bit later to get more done is very real. However, while cutting back on sleep may seem like it will boost your productivity, the opposite is true. It can not only reduce mental clarity but also undermine your healthy lifestyle.

Lack of sleep can lower our willpower, making us more likely to make unhealthy choices. When you’re tired, you’re more susceptible to cravings for unhealthy foods. You are also more likely to try to use sugary, caffeine-laden drinks to try to keep your energy levels up. This can lead to weight gain from consuming empty calories.

Lack of sleep also boosts your body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol. When cortisol levels are raised it causes your body to store fat, particularly around your midsection.

Sleep deprivation can also make you less likely to be active. Think about it - when you are already tired, the last thing you want to do is head to the gym. The lack of exercise combined with increased cortisol levels can deliver a serious blow to your efforts to live a healthy lifestyle.

While everyone’s sleep needs are slightly different, most people need between 7-9 hours of sleep every night to function at their best. You will know that you are getting the right amount of sleep when you wake up feeling refreshed, as opposed to having to drag yourself out of bed.

Don’t allow a lack of sleep to undermine the healthy lifestyle you have worked so hard to attain. Find a sleep routine that works for you and stick to it. Your body will thank you!

How many hours of sleep can you commit to getting each night this week?

Hop on down to the group links below and let us know. See you there!

All the best! Now, get your ZZZZZZ's!

Disclaimer: This program is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any illness or disease.

The information provided in this program is for general educational purposes, has not been reviewed nor approved by the FDA and is not intended to take the place of advice from your medical professional, licensed dietitian or nutritionist.

You are solely responsible for your health care and activity choices. Participation in this challenge does not constitute a client-coach relationship.

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” ~Robert J Collier

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