Start Your Year with a New Lease on Sleep

  • Topic Info:Sleep. Most of us don't get enough of it... or at least don't get enough quality sleep.

    But, it's SO very important. It takes up about a third of your life (and impacts the other two-thirds).

    Part of the problem, of course, is the hectic nature of our society. Turning off a busy mind is very difficult and wreaks havoc on your sleep. Keep this in mind, though: your body is also always present -- it's not in the past, not in the future (whereas your mind is all over the place). Your body never lies.

    You need to learn to prepare for sleep, surrender to slumber, and get back to the simplicity of sleep.

    Some of that preparation is putting your technology devices to bed about an hour before YOU go to bed. Surrendering can involve not looking at that clock if you wake in the middle of the night.

    What if you have trouble falling asleep? Again, usually it's because your mind is too active. If you can combine body awareness with breathing and a gratitude practice, you can get your mind to a place where it's ready to go to sleep. You won't be thinking about those million other things, both your body and brain will be relaxed.

    Sleep expert, Nancy Rothstein (also known as The Sleep Ambassador®), joins Andrea and Lisa to share why sleep is so important, how it's changed over the years, and simple ways you can get better, more restful sleep.
  • Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH