Step 6: Get More Sleep

There are many, many, many reasons to get enough sleep.

According to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, people who eat a large variety of foods (considered to be an indicator of a healthy diet) are also the ones with the healthiest sleep patterns. (Source).

Get enough sleep → eat a large variety of foods → feel healthier.

Pretty simple, right? Let’s do it! :)

6

The Step:

Get more sleep.

How:

  1. Commit to getting just 15 extra minutes of sleep a day (Remember, we’re starting off slowly).
  2. Pick a time for bed that works for you each day this week and set a reminder (or mental note).
  3. Establish a nighttime ritual that will help you wind down for the day: turn off the TV, brush your teeth, lay out your clothes for tomorrow, etc. Do whatever it is you need to do to signal your brain it’s time to go to bed.
  4. It may seem counter-intuitive, but try to get up earlier too. As Leo Babuta points out, “You can get your body to shift its sleeping schedule by slowly getting up earlier. Try 15 minutes earlier than normal for a week, then another 15 minutes. If you get up earlier, you’ll be a bit tired during the day, and when it comes time to go to sleep, you’ll enjoy the rest.”

P.S. If you’re just joining us read all about 52 weeks, 52 steps and join the fun.