Can sleep improve your health?

I have been on cloud nine about sleep since January of this year! Yes! I’ve been so happy! I have not worked a night shift since December 2018 and i feel so much better. I didn’t think I was a morning person, and, oh was I wrong. Mornings are my favourite time of day now. If I get up at 5 am I’m happy and the whole day goes so much better. When I accomplish that one detail, the waking up part, it sets the tone for the rest of the day which is a positive one.

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I would never have said that about myself a few years ago. I loved to sleep in and I loved the quiet time at night when everyone went to bed. The problem was sometimes I would stay up so late that I couldn’t get up in the morning and I’d waste most of the morning sleeping in. That has all changed now and I’m grateful.

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Not everyone has the opportunity to change their job like I did. I understand this. I’ve worked shift work for the better part of thirty years with no real option to make a change, nor did I want that option to be truthful. I know where you’re coming from if you’re a shift worker! Last year some opportunities presented themselves to me. I was very skeptical I would be able to transition, I had many doubts, and concerns. I heard many opinions and received advice. I was used to long shifts and several days off in between. I thought I couldn’t live without my week days off to do my grocery shopping (in peace, without the crowds).

But, let me tell you… when you’re well rested and you’re not surviving on minimal sleep or poor quality of sleep anything is possible. You become energized and the mornings become your oyster!

I guess what I’m trying to convey to you is that if you don’t have a good sleep, if you struggle with sleep, and f you don’t get the right amount of sleep, it should be one of the first things you investigate if you’re in the process of improving your health. One of the things I’ll be covering here on my blog and on my YouTube channel is how the lack of proper sleep effects you and increases your risk of dementia and other serious illnesses, and what you can do to improve your quality of sleep.

It’s small changes made slowly that will win the race and get you your desired results. Keep checking back here for new posts weekly and have a look at my YouTube channel where I’ll be discussing everything health related for us ladies in our fifties and beyond.

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