What’s important to a healthy lifestyle for you?
We can brainstorm words like: nutrition, rest, exercise, fresh air, relaxation, meditation, stress-reduction & sleep.
What other words would you say are important? (let me know as I’ll have missed out a lot here).
Let’s talk about some of these but first: sleep! (not literally, I’m not hypnotizing you, we’re just gonna talk about sleep, ha 🤪):
I’ve recently read reports & heard from interviews that if you wear blue light eliminating glasses in the evening – especially when watching TV or on an ipad, iphone or anything that has strong blue light, our brain becomes really alert and when it’s time to go to bed, we can’t sleep because the brain is so active.
I bought a pair of blue light eliminating glasses a few weeks ago and they’re really helping me. The glasses have orange lenses so when watching tv in the evening, I look like I’ve got sunglasses on!
Here’s what I’ve read:
We’re bombarded with blue/green light throughout the day and for much of the night — when you’re on your smart phone, working at your computer, under harsh LEDs or watching TV — and all this blue light exposure is effecting your sleep.
Blue light messes with your circadian rhythm by suppressing melatonin, that’s the hormone that tells your brain when it’s time to sleep. Blue light tricks you’re body into thinking it’s daytime.
Normally, the pineal gland in the brain releases melatonin a couple of hours before you go to bed. However, blue light stimulates a light sensor in the eye (in the retina) stopping this process, which makes you less sleepy. These sensors send light information to the circadian clock, telling it when it’s time for the body to sleep and to wake up.
A 2014 study found that people who read from a light-emitting device (eg ipad/phone) before bed, took longer to fall asleep, slept less deeply, and were more alert than people who read a printed book! Wow.
As I say, I ordered & got myself a pair of blue blocking glasses and wear them in the evening a couple of hours before I go to bed and I do definitely sleep sounder. You could check them out online & see the reviews.
Exercise: well walking, cycling, running, tennis, joining us in any/all of OUR CLASSES so that we stay active, fit, strong & flexible. Exercise helps us feel better too as it releases feel good hormones.
Nutrition: eating healthy, balanced meals with lots of fruit & veg, organic food when you can, cooking from scratch, getting the right balance of essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients, drinking enough water.
Meditation/stress-reduction: taking time to focus on your breathing, maybe sign up to a meditation course or app (eg Calm or Headspace that I’ve mentioned before) and take even 5 minutes a day to tune-in, focus & breathe, it really helps.
Fresh air: get out for a walk, maybe early in the morning or early afternoon. It’s amazing what you notice when you’re out walking. It’s nice to acknowledge others when out, saying a “hello” as we pass each other (socially distanced of course 😷).
I always feel better when out a walk and feel the benefits for a while afterwards too and I’m sure that you’re the same. It can depend on where we’re walking right enough and we love walking through The Dell or up the Pentlands.
Thanks again so much to everyone who have joined our new indoor covered classes at Thistle Padel Court last Wed & Fri at 10am and our Tue & Thurs 6.30pm Zoom classes.
The weather was amazing on Wed & Fri mornings last week.
You all did an amazing job, worked hard and I hope that you enjoyed classes.
I know that a lot of you told me that you did – fantastic, thank you 👏
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