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How to Sleep Smarter, Not Necessarily Longer

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I want to talk about one of my FAV things in the world: Sleep. Seriously. I. Love. To. Sleep. Just ask my husband. He used to get annoyed by it… but over the years he’s learned to love all of me.

My favorite birthday present is the chance to sleep in. At first Ryan thought I was joking, but I wasn’t. I was dead serious— give me sleep or give me no presents. So every year on my birthday, Ryan takes the kids out of the house in the morning and I stay in dreamland until my body decides it’s time to get up. No alarm clock. No noises. Just me and my bed on this lovely day.

The truth is: Sleep is essential to a healthy, happy YOU!

Yet that doesn’t mean we need to hibernate like a birthday bear. We just need to sleep smarter so we can reap the benefits.

Ya ready? Raise your hand if you…

• Struggle to fall asleep once you lay down at night
• Feel tired no matter how much you sleep you get (or caffeine you drink)
• Wonder if you’re ever getting enough sleep

Last week, I read an article about the importance of quality sleep and how everyone needs a different amount to function at their peak. Wait…what? You mean the standard 8 hours of shut-eye that has been ingrained in us since childhood may not be right for everyone? And there are things we can do on a daily basis to help promote quality sleep? #gamechanger

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HOW MUCH SLEEP DO YOU NEED?

We all have different individual sleep needs. There are some lucky ones among us who can get away with 5-6 hours of sleep a night (I am definitely not one of them!), and others who need 10-11 hours to get through the day without feeling fatigued. Most of us though, need somewhere between 7-9 hours a night to function at our peak.