Then there's Daylight Saving Time and losing that hour. Man, that always hurts. (But, in a "hurt so good" sort of way as dusk comes later, making it feel like summer is on its way!)
Who knew: there's a fabulous follow-up to turning that clock back--the Monday following Daylight Savings Time was National Napping Day, which apparently is a real thing. How awesome is that!
Sleep is one of those things that as a kid, I remember never wanting to go to bed, for fear of missing something. Now, it's that elusive thing we never quite get enough of. Yet, it's vital for so many of our systemic and daily functions.
The importance of sleep has recently cropped up in three of the podcasts I listen to, with the entire episode for each dedicated to the secrets of sleep:
- Michael Hyatt's "This is Your Life Podcast: Season 4, Episode 7: How to Achieve More by Sleeping More"
- Chalene Johnson's "The Chalene Show Podcast: Sleep In To Get Thin With Shawn Stevenson" episode
- Shawn Stevenson's "The Model Health Show Podcast: 10 Ways Sleep Can Give You a Better Brain," Episode 147 [Add in, Shawn has a new book that just came out mid-March: "Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success"]
In case you were uncertain as to how much sleep we need (at all the ages), check out this graphic:
The National Wildlife Federation published the document below entitled "Green Time for Better Sleep Time and an article on the importance of getting outdoors to help improve sleep--for all, but especially for children. The three big ways the great outdoors helps even-out the sleep biorhythms:
- Nature light increases daytime alertness and moods, which brings about the zzzz's at night much better for one's body clock.
- Nature has a way of de-stressing like no other, from sights the sights and sounds of time outdoors. Along those lines, it build concentration as well.
- Exercise is always good for endorphins, and the whole body physical side of outdoor play helps even more. Physical exertion is great for leading to exhaustion.
So, you have some homework assignments:
- A little green reading of "Green Time For Sleep Time" above;
- A few podcasts to listen to;
- Play outside, no matter what your age;
- Then go get yourself in your PJ's and go get some sleep!!
- Daylight Savings Time pic from http://colonialinsurance.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Spring-Forward.gif
- National Napping Day pic from http://nationaldaycalendar.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/national-napping-day-march-9.png?w=300
- Sleep need versus age http://opt-ri.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Sleep.jpg
- "Green Time for Sleep Time" Document from National Wildlife Federation from http://www.slideshare.net/NationalWildlife/green-time-for-sleep-time?ref=http://www.nwf.org/What-We-Do/Kids-and-Nature/Why-Get-Kids-Outside/Sleep-Better.aspx