The other day I was telling a good friend of mine that I can “Sleep On Demand”. Meaning that when I tell myself I am going to sleep, I do it. I don’t suffer the insomnia everyone talks about. My friends even say that I am narcoleptic! I guess I am just lucky that way because for some people getting enough sleep is really a problem.
This Is Why Sleep Is Vital
Count Those Sheep
- A great sleeping environment: Make your bedroom a good place to sleep. It should be nice and quiet and try to get the right temperature.
- Try and relax: Take hot bath or shower, or read a good book
- Get your breathing right: Breathing correctly and learning some good breathing techniques will help bring down the levels of cortisol in your body. Cortisol is a stress hormone that keeps you awake.
- Build a night time routine: Get into a night time ritual that you can follow before bedtime each night.
The Grinch That Stole Sleep
- Nicotine: This is a stimulant. Don’t smoke if you can’t fall asleep.
- Caffeine: Another stimulant that should not be taken 4-6 hours before sleep time.
- Heavy Meals: If you get hungry before bedtime, eat a light healthy snack
- Exercise: Try not to exercise too close to your bedtime.
So, don’t think you are the party pooper for leaving the party early. Sleeping is important to your health and well being.
There are days when I just feel like I can never get anything done and don’t have the time to prepare any meals or get my exercise in – do you get that too?
Putting Humpty Together Again
For the past few weeks I have been watching someone in my office do something I think is strange but now I am jumping on that wagon because it’s going to A) save me a hell of a lot of time and B) give me more time to sleep.
I usually prepare my breakfast for the next day, the evening before. Does this make sense? Well, I spend all this time making my favourite breakfast (omelettes). Preparing the ingredients, cutting, chopping and whisking.
For a few weeks I have been watching this guy bring all these ingredients (good vegetables) to work and making an omelette in the microwave. I thought it was crazy but now I see that it can save me so much time and get me to bed earlier instead of slaving away in the kitchen.
Here’s how it works:
- Egg whites or with yolk (which ever you prefer)
- 1 tablespoon shredded mozzarella cheese, ham, peppers, onion
- Then add whatever other vegetables you like – spinach, mushrooms, even asparagus.
- Take the eggs and place it in a bowl!
- Mix in the other ingredients.
- Place in microwave.
- Heat for 2-3 minutes (depending on the strength of your microwave).
- Let cool 30 seconds – 1 minute.
So, just pack your ingredients the night before, leave it on the kitchen counter and grab them on your way to work. It takes only 2 minutes to prepare and even less to gather the ingredients!
The Office Secret
I was visiting a good friend of mine, who is a rugby player and has an awesome physique, and we were talking about doing home exercises. I am very keen on the idea and am willing to do anything to get into shape. But I mentioned to him that I don’t have any equipment. He says to me that you DON’T NEED it! Well…at least at first! Until you can get a set of dumbbells, do some resistance training which uses your own body strength!
All good and well but when do I find the time to do all this? “At the office” he says…WHAT?
The Male WonderBra – Or at least “The Push Up”
- Set a goal for how many push ups you would like to do in one day.
- Divide them equally between the amounts of hours you spend at work.
- Find a place in your office that is quiet and where you can do your push ups.
- Do the allotted amount every hour.
I was stunned at the simplicity and the practicability of the idea! I have found my space in the office already.
Do you guys have any other tips for healthy living on the go?