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8 Mistakes in Your Night Routine

We all know how important sleep is to our metabolism and health, yet many of us continue to struggle with getting enough quality rest every night.

We make excuses about work we need to do or distractions we get lost in.

Just as with eating and exercising, making sleep happen takes planning and prioritizing. We organize our lives around what it takes to create a healthy diet. Likewise, we need to put sleep front and center each evening.

Assessing our routines is key in that process. What can we do to optimize our chance of getting to bed on time - and enjoying quality sleep once we’re there?

In order to get to the “shoulds,” let’s look at the obstacles. Below are eight common mistakes you might be making that sabotage your sleep - and health. 

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This Is Your Metabolism on Sleep Deprivation 

Is the state of your sleep curtailing your weight loss? If so, you aren’t alone. The majority of Americans get less than 6 hours of sleep per night. Are you among them? Does 6 hours a night actually sound like a luxury? If so, the answer to your weight loss difficulties may not begin with changing your diet and exercise but may first require an appropriate bedtime and better quality rest. Research into the metabolic effects of sleep reveals some startling insights about the role of sleep in metabolic functioning. Read on to see just how your metabolism is altered with even a few nights of insufficient or disrupted sleep.


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Sleeping with Zeo

My secret is out. I love my Zeo sleep monitor. In fact, I’ve slept with my Zeo device for a full year now. I even have a t-shirt announcing it (scroll to the bottom if you want to check it out). Sure, it’s an impressive gadget. More importantly, however, it’s helped me better understand how my body recovers from exercise, handles stress and adjusts my need for sleep.

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Quality Sleep and the Zeo

Please do not overlook the next two statements. Quality sleep is critical to your health. Quality sleep is critical to your ability to manage your weight.

Sleep is one of those things that many people know they should do a better job with, but they let other things in their life get in the way. Even writing that statement, I can recall some recent instances where I let the clock move past 9 pm and didn’t make myself go to bed.

In the following article, I’d want to point out how significant quality sleep is to your health and your ability to manage your weight, as well as discuss what we’ve found to be the best way to easily track the quality of your sleep. For full disclosure, we will be offering the sleep device I’m going to discuss at Life Time.

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6 Tips For Getting Out of Sleep Debt

Just like financial debt, sleep debt is considered the cumulative effects of overspending. Rather than spending too much money, people spend too much time awake and not enough time investing in their health through sleeping. Each individual functions with varying optimal levels of sleep, but most experts agree people need at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night for optimal health.

Sleep debt is the accumulating effects of shorting one’s self on sleep needs. This is a powerful way of looking at the amount of sleep one gets.

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