Finally, some sleep relief

Recently I realized one night as I was reading my 900-page book before bed that I was finally sleeping better.

For years I have had a battle with sleep. And lack of sleep and tiredness was winning.

I usually fall asleep without an issue, but I wake up a lot (sometimes more than 10 times a night).

I went to my doctor in November to discuss my sleep issues. Everything I was already doing (like going to bed every night around the same time and waking up about the same time in the mornings) was what I should be doing.

But my doctor had one thing to add: Reduce screen time before bed.

Screen time=iPhones, smart phones, iPads, tablets, computer, Kindle, TV, etc.

My norm at the time and for years had been to fall asleep to the TV. From many years ago when I lived alone falling asleep to the TV was a comfort. And it was a bad habit I had continued until November.

My doctor suggested I reduce my screen time one to two hours before bed. Two hours is extreme for me. So I’ve been doing at least an hour.

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Summer Cleanse

Green Surge  makes organic, green smoothies. They come into work twice a week and sell smoothies. They also have a 1-day, 3-day and 5-day Summer Cleanse.

I did the 3-day with some other co-workers so we could “suffer” together.

The Surge Express Cleanse provides about 1,ooo calories of dense nutrition a day. Every morning six smoothies are delivered and are numbered in the order they should be consumed.

I decided to do the cleanse for a few reasons. I think a detox occasionally is good for most people. I also really need to get back on track with my nutrition and felt that was a great way to launch back into it.

The fact that my friends are doing it along with me makes a difference as well.

I have my six smoothies a day along with raw veggies at lunch, a banana in the morning and I had a few homegrown (small) tomatoes last night and tonight.

A cleanse is not healthy for everyone. Make sure to check with your doctor if you have any questions or doubts or thyroid disease, digestive disease or are recovering from an eating disorder. Liquid cleansing is not recommended for people with diabetes.

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Forming healthy habits

As I have talked about before, my company has a Wellness Program. Throughout the year challenges are created for us.

Some of Go Fit Girl!’s Monthly Challenges are inspired by my work challenges. Though I do try to add my own twist to them.

One of the challenges right now is to Challenge a Friend. (Which I may steal for a future GFG! Monthly Challenge.)

I challenged a friend, who doesn’t get enough water in daily, to drink six 8-ounce servings today. He did it before we even left work. Let’s hope he can keep this up.

He and I were talking on the shuttle ride in to work today about how long something becomes a (healthy) habit.

We’ve heard the myths, right?

How about 21 days?

This article from UCL Health Chatter says: The bottom line is: stay strong. 21 days is a myth; habit formation typically takes longer than that. The best estimate is 66 days, but it’s unwise to attempt to assign a number to this process.

US News Health blog post by Yoni Freedhoff: … Changing behaviors and creating new habits takes an awfully long time. While you may well be able to establish a … Continue reading