As a new year begins, many of us set forth on the resolutions we create for ourselves in the upcoming year. On most people's list, you're going to find some variation of "get fit" or "lose weight" or "be less stressed." Becoming healthier is a common goal that we have as humans in order to become the best version of ourselves.
As someone who has experienced the ebbs and flows of living a healthy lifestyle, one thing is for sure...sleep cannot be overlooked. It plays a key role in your health, and insufficient sleep has even been linked to an increased risk of obesity in children and adults, as well as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. You can eat the right foods, drink plenty of water, and exercise 5 times a week, but if your body is not getting proper sleep, your physical and mental health can suffer greatly.
Here are 12 ways to help you get a better night's sleep and boost your overall health and wellness.
The Importance of Hydration
Water is the most important factor in overall health and nutrition. It makes up about 60 percent of body weight and is involved in almost every bodily process. Your body cannot make or store water, so you must replace what you eliminate through urine and sweat.
Conventional wisdom would suggest that we should be drinking at least two quarts (eight cups) of water each day, and highly-active individuals need even more. However, we are all built differently, so a better rule of thumb is to take your body weight and divide it by two. This is the number of ounces of water that you should be striving for each and every day.
(ie. If you weigh 160 pounds, your goal should be to drink 80 ounces of water per day.)
Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after sports events to stay hydrated and avoid overheating. When you work out or compete, especially in hot weather, try to closely match the amount of fluid you drink with the amount you lose to sweat.