Get Fit & Get Some Sleep!By Delaina Dixon | September 1, 2015 | Fitness
This #TransformationTuesday, we’re telling you how to look great, feel healthy and even lose some weight. Just get into bed ΓÇª and get some sleep!
We all know that our body recharges and rejuvenates itself while we’re sleeping. If you’re training your muscles hardcore, this is the time when the body repairs those microscopic tears in the muscles and builds them back stronger.
How much should you get? And how can you get a great night’s sleep to look Divalicious in the morning? Just read on!
HOW MUCH SLEEP? The recommended amount for adults is 7 to 9 hours, according to the National Sleep Foundation. A sleep monitoring app, like Sleep Calculator on Google Play, will help you figure out what time you need to go to bed and/or get up to get your optimal amount of sleep (in 90 minute cycles). For TV DivaGal, who has found that 7.5 is her optimal amount of sleep, she loves to set it for the morning so it tells her what time to go to bed!
WHAT TO SLEEP ON? If you want a great night’s sleep, you need a great mattress! To help ensure a comfortable nightΓÇÖs sleep, invest in a mattress that is engineered to fully support the back and align your body. “A good mattress can be the difference of a transformative sleep and one leaving you tossing and turning at night,ΓÇ¥ says Kevin Leatherwood, Senior Director of Global Product Development at Sealy. If you’re treating yourself to the royalty of mattress, invest in a TEMPUR-Pedic mattress, as TEMPUR┬« materials adapt to your shape, weight and temperature to deliver your best night’s sleep. Combined with their adjustable bases, you can fix the bed to aid with sleep disturbances such as snoring and tossing and turning.
Not quite ready for Tempur-Pedic’s thousands of dollars price range? How about treating your Divalicious self to one of their pillows? Their contour collection, including TEMPUR-Contour-Breeze-Side-to-Side-Pillow, designed especially for side sleepers to support your head, neck and shoulders, is under $180.
AND IN THE MORNING? If you’re not waking in a sunlit room (heavenly!), try to get some sun soon after waking, about 15 minutes. With exposure to sunlight, melatonin production increases ΓÇô it’s the hormone that helps control your sleep and wake cycles. Getting a little sun in the morning will actually help you get a better night’s sleep!
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