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Why Sleep Is The Most Important Part Of Good Health

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Why Sleep Is The Most Important Part Of Good Health

People who regularly achieve a good night of sleep tend to be more healthy. Good sleepers have more energy, a better mood, and far more focus on their tasks. If you’re lucky enough to sleep well most nights of the week, you may also be better able to manage your weight effectively, as well as your relationships. Physical health and mental health rely on good sleep. Yet poor health can lead to sleep loss and exhaustion.

Should you try to sleep more if you are unwell? There are, of course, many benefits of sleeping more. During sleep, the body regenerates and fights germs and infections. Unfortunately, too much sleep outside of your regular routine can leave you feeling groggy. You may even struggle to get back into a good, healthy sleep pattern. It’s important that you sleep well, but sleeping too much at the wrong times may actually set you back.

Should you rely on prescription medications to help you sleep? A healthy, natural sleep is not always achievable once you have taken some of these drugs. Sleep should rest the body and all of your muscles. Some sleeping drugs do this well. Sleep should also permit the brain to reach REM sleep. There are five different stages of sleep. Not all sleeping aids benefit this process. A natural sleep is best if you are able to achieve it.

Why do we need full cycles of sleep? We tend to sleep for about seven and a half hours a night. This is long enough for five cycles of sleep that last about ninety minutes each. Each cycle is different and will go through the five stages of sleep in different ways. Some stages allow for dreaming, while others allow for a deep level of physical relaxation. Healing, regeneration, mental filing, and even preparation for the coming day happen during sleep. Interruptions can lead to confusion, memory difficulties, and a lack of focus.

There are plenty of things that you can do to promote healthy sleep. A healthy lifestyle is the best way to ensure that you can fall asleep at night. Fresh air outdoors and exercise play a big part in preparing your body and mind for sleep. Avoid screens just before you want to go to sleep, as they emit blue light that confuses the brain chemistry into believing it is daylight. Avoid caffeine, too, if you struggle to settle at night. Finally, make sure that you have a good, consistent bedtime routine.

What can I do if I wake up at night? It’s a healthy part of the sleep cycle to wake up before the next one begins. We usually don’t notice or remember it, though. If you wake fully, it can be quite frustrating. Try not to let it bother you. Reset your sleep by performing the last two or three parts of your bedtime routine again. It doesn’t matter if you get out of bed for a glass of water first. If something woke you, consider making some changes to your room for tomorrow night. Earplugs to eliminate unwanted sounds and blackout curtains to remove excess light can be very helpful here.

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Should I be this uncomfortable in bed? There is no need to be uncomfortable in bed. Physical ailments can lead to discomfort from time to time. Try not to rely on painkillers as some can alter your sleep cycle. Instead, invest in the best bed that you can buy. Mattresses for great sleep are available from many leading brands. Some are made from memory foam that is designed to hold your body in a supportive posture. This is particularly helpful for people with aches and pains or those nursing an injury.

Is a lack of sleep harmful to my health? Poor quality sleep, or skipping a whole night isn’t just harmful to your health, it’s dangerous. As soon as you start to drive your car, you’ll know you’re tired. Your focus isn’t sharp, and you’re making mistakes. This can become fatal, yet many of us admit to driving while tired. Your relationships can suffer because a lack of sleep makes us moody and irrational. Simple things that wouldn’t usually bother you can become hugely irritating for you. This can lead to some out-of-character behavior.

Beyond the mood swings, your metabolism could also be upset. You’ll feel more hungry and may need an extra meal to get you through the day. This can quickly and easily lead to weight gain if it happens regularly. Your digestive system won’t be as effective, either, so you may notice bloating and indigestion quite quickly. Injuries won’t heal if you don’t sleep and that cold will drag on and on. Good health really does rely on good quality sleep every night.

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Why can’t I sleep? There are so many causes of sleep problems. Falling asleep is quite hard to do if you’re not used to doing it. This is why many parents of newborns struggle to help their little ones get enough sleep. It isn’t quite as natural and instinctive as you might think, and being overtired can exacerbate the problem. Preparation is very helpful here. Set up a healthy approach to sleep and a good bedtime routine. This will ensure that your body and mind are both prepared for falling asleep.

During daylight hours, get plenty of fresh air and exercise. Try to avoid stimulants like chocolate, sugar, and caffeine from about 4 PM. Alcohol can also make it tricky to stay asleep, so avoid this for now. At bedtime, switch off your electronic devices and avoid having any in your bedroom. Good sleep hygiene guides recommend using the bedroom only for sleep. Have a warm bath each night and stick to the same tasks in the same order. Once you’re in bed, use a low light lamp to read a chapter or two of your favorite book. If you find that you’re lying awake, simply try the routine again.

Stress is a big problem for many parts of your life, including sleep. Write down what worries you if your mind is spinning at bedtime. Use waking hours to address one thing on that list each day. Over time, your ability to fall asleep will become more natural and you’ll rest well all night long. Sweet dreams!

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Break Time!

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Break Time!

Heyyy everyone and happy Tuesday! It’s been a solid morning of homeworking and coffee drinking, so I figured now would be a perfect time to take a study break and touch base with all of you before I continue on with my day. I’m really REALLY fucking tired today. Did I tell you guys that I’m completely out of both my sleeping pills and my antidepressant? If not…I’m completely out of my sleeping pills and antidepressant. -__- So I haven’t been sleeping much these past few days and now that I’m not on any of the pills that I’ve been taking daily for the past few years I’ve been feeling some awful withdrawal symptoms. Now on top of being exhausted from not having a decent night of sleep since last week, I feel like I have the flu but really it’s just medication withdrawal. I feel dehydrated, weak, and really disoriented…It’s not a good feeling. I’ve been up and running since nine o’clock this morning, but I already feel like I’m ready for bed and it’s barely after noon. #FML On the bright side, I treated myself to some Starbucks this morning after getting my brother to work compliments of the gift card that my nail tech got me for my birthday. If you haven’t tried the cold brewed coffee from Sbux then you need to get on it pronto. It’s a little bit more expensive than the classic iced coffee BUT it’s a million times better so it’s so worth it! When you get iced coffee from Starbucks it can be a very hit or miss experience. Sometimes your drink is awesome and other times it tastes like you’re drinking coffee that’s been sitting in a toilet for a week straight. Lucky for me, I haven’t had a disappointing drink experience ever since Starbucks introduced the cold brewed coffee and it was a nice pick me up to start off my day with coffee that I didn’t have to make. #TREATYOSELF

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My Social Psychology course started yesterday and I can’t complain too much about it. Like a lot of my other classes it’s just a lot of text book reading which can get kind of boring, but that’s okay! It gets the job done and I’m still learning a lot! After this little check in I have quite a bit more to do and then I’m going to meet up with my darling Lea for a quick mid afternoon hang out. Seeing her will probably result in us getting coffee because I feel like a straight up zombie. It’s so frustrating because sleep is something that comes so easily to most people but unfortunately it’s a struggle and a half for me. Last night for example, I was totally exhausted but I couldn’t catch a solid few hours of sleep to save my life. It seemed like as soon as I dozed off I would wake up and then it would take an eternity to get myself back to sleep again. This vicious cycle has been occurring every night since last Wednesday and it’s complete hell. Whatever. -___-

Alrightie, I need to get back to work but I will talk to you all soon! Does anyone have any tried and true methods that help you fall asleep? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -A very sleepy Sarah

Heavens To Betsy!!! -__-

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Heavens To Betsy!!! -__-

Heavens to Betsy, crew. The old girl is dying over here!! Lil Red is absolutely exhausted. If you recall from yesterday, I had a rude 8 AM text message awakening, so I was super wiped out from that. One would think that I would have had the sleep of the heavens last night, but unfortunately that was not the case. I had the worst caffeine headache of all time yesterday night from drinking hella coffee all day. On top of my head feeling like it was getting hit repeatedly by a brick, my stomach was in knots as well. I was super nauseous while I was trying to sleep, so I spent a nice fifteen minutes or so in the bathroom just hanging out and dry heaving. It was a lot of fun, you should all try it sometime. Anyways, I got back into bed completely wide awake and proceeded to toss and turn for a solid three hours until I finally fell asleep around two. Before I zonked out I experienced every annoying thing that could happen when you’re trying to fall asleep: Being too hot, being too cold, having to pee, wanting something to drink, having to pee again from the drink, the list goes on and on. I had to get up at nine today to get ready to take my brother to work and I was not refreshed AT ALL! In fact, I felt like a bigger hot wreck today than I did yesterday….and I was a hot ass wreck yesterday. I swear guys, if I don’t sleep well tonight, I give up on Friday because I know I’ll be such a miserable bitch! Lord have mercy on a Lil Red! And do you wanna know the major kicker in all of this trauma? MY BELLYBUTTON IS STILL INFECTED!!!! My pasty pale stomach is never gonna feel sunlight on it again because I can’t wear crop tops with my bellybutton looking like a war zone! It literally looks like someone launched a grenade into my bellybutton hole, leaving only redness, dry skin, and destruction. #FML So it’s safe to say Lil Red has had a tough few days, but I’m gonna keep on truckin as usual through the shit show that I fondly refer to as my life. 😉

You might be asking yourself why the title of this post is called “Heavens To Betsy” and I’ll tell ya why: There are some fantastic, underrated phrases that aren’t being used nearly enough in the English language and I wanna make them a thing ASAP! To elaborate further, here’s a list of my personal favorite phrases that I’m hoping will hit mainstream lingo in the near future:

  • “Level with me”: This phrase is my number one favorite. The day I hear “Level with me, Sarah…do you want high heels or wedges for your birthday?” will be the happiest day of my life. And to answer that question….wedges please!
  • “Big deal”: This is a good one!! I love how blaize it sounds. “Sarah, I had an allergic reaction to a bee sting today.” “BIG DEAL!” 🙂
  • “Heavens to Betsy”: It speaks for itself. “Sarah, I had an allergic reaction to another bee sting today.” “Heavens to Betsy that’s twice in one day!”
  • Referring to yourself as “the old girl”: Ladies, I beg of you to start using this one. So 40’s fabulous I can’t even! Say “you sure know how to make the old girl swoon” to your beau and watch him or her crumble under your charm!! You’re welcome!

Oh yes, there are certainly some winners listed above, and I urge all of you to work them into your daily vernacular. And if the haters question them and the man gets you down, you just send them Lil Red’s way! 😉 While you mull over these phrases, here’s some tunes for you to enjoy!

So what are some quirky, fun, and fabulous phrases that you like to pepper your vocabulary with? I’d love to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Have a great night! -Sarah

Lil Red: A Secret Five Year Old

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Lil Red: A Secret Five Year Old

A little known fact about Lil Red is that there’s a secret five year old trapped inside of me that comes out when I’m tired or hungry. Today I had the misfortune of being rudely awakened at eight in the morning by a text from the last person I wanted to hear from, on my spring break none of the less! I was so genuinely angry by this that I just couldn’t fall back asleep, so I’ve been awake and miserable since eight o’clock today. Let me bring you up to speed, I have a really difficult time falling asleep, even with the help of the sleeping medicine I’m on, so if I don’t get an above average amount of sleep every night I turn into an awful human being. You know how when little kids get over tired and they turn into total grouchy nightmares? That’s exactly how I am. 1) I’m exhausted. 2) When I don’t sleep enough, my pills will carry into the day, turning me into a zombie. So today I’ve been running on pure coffee and cigarettes, and all it’s done is make me nauseous and a hot wreck. My fuel of champions has totally curbed my appetite, so by the time I got around to shoe shopping with the lovely Miss Kate this afternoon, I was completely shutting down. I couldn’t even enjoy shoe shopping…and you guys know how much I love shoe shopping. It genuinely made my heart hurt. When I start feeling the evil combo of being tired and hungry, it’s the most indescribable feeling of terrible. It’s like the feeling of an oncoming flu that can only be cured by sleeping for twelve hours straight and eating until your body can’t take it anymore. Luckily I got a little fuel in me of the best kind because Kate and I got froyo after shopping, which was just what I needed. I got vanilla froyo with a lot of fruit on it and it was like the nectar of the gods. It was so sweet and refreshing and enough to make me feel like I wasn’t going to pass out at any second. It’s pathetic guys, like I got home from my lovely afternoon outing with the intention to take a nice hot bath, but by the time I got undressed I was so drained that the last thing I needed was a soak in scalding water. All that would probably do is make me dizzy anyways. And do you wanna know the real cherry on top of this no good very bad day? MY BELLYBUTTON IS INFECTED! So gross, I know, but it’s a story that must be told. SO, I rarely change my bellybutton jewelry because no one every really sees it but me, but with spring on the horizon I thought it would be fun to invest in some new jewelry since crop top season is among us. I don’t really care for very fancy jewelry, so I just snagged a few from Hot Topic. I’ve only ever worn silver jewelry, but I opted for a very cute gold one (and I know it’s not real silver or gold haha) and was super excited to put it in. Unfortunately after about a day of wearing it, my skin got insanely irritated – and it wasn’t just the skin around my piercing that I’ve had for over five years it was my ENTIRE bellybutton. It was inflamed, sore, and it burned like THE DICKENS!! Thankfully I’m on some antibiotics now that have helped immensely even in the day and a half of being on them. Moral of the story: I’m a hot ass wreck. Second moral of the story: Never EVER buy gold colored bellybutton jewelry EVER. Le sigh. I need sleep, Taco Bell, and more sleep stat. Tonight is a Netflix and eating hella food in bed night if I’ve ever seen one! So while I’m wallowing in self pity, please enjoy these fabulous tunes that I’ve been jamming to all day:

^^^ Ugh. I adore quirky-cute Courtney Barnett too much. Such a fun artist!

Alright crew, I hope your day was better than mine! I need some Netflix suggestions, so if you’ve been watching anything good leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -A very sleepy Sarah 😦

My Black Friday

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My Black Friday

Hello one and all! I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday! Sorry that I’ve been MIA these past few days – I’ve been working, working, working! I had my fifth Black Friday in retail this week and it was pretty crazy. I woke up at four in the morning on Black Friday to be at Next by five thirty so we could open by six. Thank goodness for my mom who set her alarm with me at four so that I didn’t sleep through mine! She even had a pot of coffee ready for me – what a doll!!! So I got to work and right as we opened the door at six – BAM – the store was flooded with shoppers. I honestly wasn’t expecting it at all. This was my first Black Friday working outside of the mall, so I assumed that a smaller business wouldn’t have nearly as much shopping traffic…I was dead wrong. For my entire almost twelve hour shift at Next there was a constant stream of people flowing in and out of the store. It was exhausting! The day went by relatively quick though since we had a solid amount of shoppers all day. And when there wasn’t any one in the store it gave us time to straighten up all of the clothing and displays. It felt so good to be outside of the craziness that I’m sure was happening ten minutes down the street at the mall. I promised my sister that I would visit her during her very first retail Black Friday shift now that she works at The Body Shop. When I got to the mall around six o’clock in the evening it was still swarming with people. It gave me anxiety! By that time all of the stores were completely trashed, so it wasn’t even fun going into any of my favorite shopping spots. My sister looked like she was doing great though during her shift so I definitely had a proud mama moment about that!!! The best thing about my Black Friday was coming home to find a letter from my best friend Tyler who’s currently in basic training on the kitchen table…and just coming home in general! Ha! I was so happy and exhausted that I ended up crying the entire time I read the letter. They were happy tears of course! I miss him so much and hearing from him was the perfect ending to a long day. All in all it was a solid Black Friday. A different but good experience from my previous four shifts working in the mall!

Unfortunately my work weekend wasn’t quite over after my long day on Black Friday because Small Business Saturday occurred on the following day. It was only an eight hour shift yesterday but it still wore me out!! I’m pretty sure that everyone was done spending their money after Black Friday because we barely had any customers yesterday. It ended up being a very chill day but I was still tired!!! By the time I got home around nine thirty I was already fantasizing about curling up under my covers and going to bed! After about twenty hours of work in two days you better believe I slept like a rock last night! I think I got thirteen hours of sleep so I’m feeling rejuvenated, recharged, and ready to go. But in all reality I’m going to end up doing nothing today, I need some me time. My mom is going to dye my hair for me so I can get some pampering and my best friend Lea is going to swing by for an hour or so later tonight. So it should be a nice, quiet day at home.

After being at the mall on Black Friday evening I realized just how much I hate people. Lol I kid, I kid! But really, shopping becomes totally unenjoyable when you’re just being jostled around a gaggle of shoppers. I have Monday off so I plan on participating in the Cyber Monday deals to get the rest of my holiday shopping done. My online gift giving destination lately has been http://www.amazon.com. They seriously have EVERYTHING and the prices are fantastic!!! I’ve gotten about half of my holiday shopping done already so I’m really hoping I can check the last few people off of my list this Monday! If you know of any sites that are having some great Cyber Monday deals, please let me know!

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? Did any of you guys go Black Friday shopping? What kind of deals did you get? What kind of craziness occurred where you were shopping at? I’d love to hear all about it so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Happy Sunday! -Sarah

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Bedtime Musings

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Bedtime Musings

Hello! First of all, I hope you guys had a fantastic Tuesday. I actually had a great day, so expect a post about my first good day in a long time tomorrow. Second of all, thank you all again so much for the outpouring of likes, follows, and love. It’s much appreciated. I believe in this blog. I believe in myself. I believe that someone is going to read my posts and feel like they can relate to me. It’s so important to me to keep on writing, not only for me, but for someone who might need a smile or laugh for the day. It encourages me so very much to see that people are reading my blog and responding well to my posts. This isn’t an “I’m trying to become a world famous blogger post”. This is my online and real life journal, that I’m finally comfortable enough to share with anyone and everyone. If you would have asked me before to read my hand written journals, I would have laughed in your face and said “no way”. (But with a lot more profanity 😉 ) I’ve grown secure enough in myself and my own feelings that I’m 200% cool with anyone in the world reading lifewithlilred. It’s an awesome feeling. Thank you guys again so much for the love. Have sweet dreams and a happy hump day to you! -Sarah

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Exhaustion.

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Ohhhhh my goodness. Lil’ Red is TIRED. I’m tired physically. I’m tired mentally. Everything aches. These past few weeks man, they were a killer. I’m ready for my stress levels to go down so I can finally rest easy at night. I really need some me time. I’m long over do for spending some quality time with me, myself, and I. I feel like it’s SO important to take a break from everything and get back in touch with yourself. Sometimes when you’re just going, going, going all the time you loose track of who you are. I need to be on my team. I need to be a friend to myself. I’ve been pretty shitty to myself lately, and it’s really catching up to me. I suppose that means I’m gonna have to wine and dine myself. Maybe fix up a nice bubble bath, play some Enya, get a little wierd 😉 . Have sweet dreams tonight guys! -Sarah

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