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Listen to your body? Or ignore it?

Dr. Andrea Mills

I’m a chiropractor who comes to you! I make house calls for people and their pets (dogs mostly, but I can also adjust horses. No cats please, they scratch!)

If you need your crack and can’t get out, call me. 😉
(800) 497-1496

I woke up at 3:30 this morning. Wide awake. I could have easily gotten up and done some writing. But I knew I needed the sleep, so I forced myself to stay in bed. When I got up at 5:45, I felt like a bus hit me. Even after my coffee (half caf now that I’m getting older, blah), I still feel groggy. It’s been a rough week’s sleep in general with the hotter weather and a racing mind, so I’ve not done my normal morning workouts for over a week. I’m feeling it, too.

 How do you decide which messages to listen to? How do you decide between getting extra sleep and physical activity? Between staying up to watch late night news or the extra zzzzz’s? The easiest way to tell if you need more sleep is by evaluating how you wake up in the morning. If you need an alarm every day to get up, you are sleep deprived.  A body that gets enough rest consistently will wake up on its own about the same time every day. For me, it’s between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m. For you it may between 7-8 a.m. Every body is different.

 Your hormones naturally fluctuate to wake you up and make you sleepy. If your hormones are out of whack (and I’m not talking female ones here, but STRESS HORMONES) you will have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Stress hormones are the number one reason for ill health in  2011. Balancing them out requires dedication and time. And a heck of a lot of commitment.

 Sleep and light cardio exercise are the 2 simplest things you can do to begin that process. Your body regenerates during sleep.Cardio exercise helps you discharge mental energy and primes your body for sleep (as long as you exercise early enough in the day… do so at night and it may keep you awake). It’s a win-win combo!

 So even though I’m still a little out of it and my brain is screaming to crawl back in bed, I’m going to go work out. Stress my muscles, stress my heart, sweat a little stress off my brain. And tonight, I should sleep like a baby.  😉

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June 24, 2011 Posted by | balance hormones, sleep patterns, STRESS HORMONES | , , | Leave a comment