Yesterday, I tried the no caffeine after 3PM. Of course, that meant, no evening cup of Earl Grey roobios tea either. [Update 2019 — Roobios tea is not caffeinated. It is an herbal tea from South Africa that is full of minerals, phytochemicals, and phytoestrogens. One class of phytochemical found in rooibos includes flavonoids, which possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. https://www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-rooibos] I decided to drink pure clean water instead. Just not the same, but it was a beverage. Hum…maybe I should try hot water with a bit of freshly squeezed lemon instead.
As for the influence on my sleep, I didn’t notice a whole lot, yet. My Pulse indicated that I slept well, though. I am basing this on the fact that a good eight hours of sleep is the recommended amount. However, the research is all over the place as to what is the ideal number of hours needed. The truth is that there is not a magic number of hours needed for everyone. Really, we are all unique and we each require the number of slumber time that is unique to us. Last night, I slept 7 hours and 38 minutes. Not bad and I feel well rested.
Sleep is a powerful force on your overall health, including your tendency to gain excess weight. In this latest study, sleep duration was linked to gains in abdominal fat even after researchers accounted for other factors that could influence weight, such as calories consumed and exercise habits. — Dr. Mercola
[Tweet “Okay, #bellyfat, yikes…that is not what I need. Rather that is exactly what I need to lose.”]
Today, I am going to set a realistic bedtime routine. I will plan to go to bed around 9:30 — that way I have time to sneak in a half hour of reading or whatever. This will allow my brain and body to cool down before I attempt to sleep, as well, this will help me to psychologically prepare for sleep. I may even take time to jot down the good-bad-crazy things that happened today. Most definitely I will take a moment to thank God for my day and to prayerfully intercede for family, friends and acquaintances. However, do whatever works for you that doesn’t involve checking your phone or email.
Until next time…sweet dreams.