Good morning everyone! Happy weekend, woohoo!! Hope you all have some big, fun, exciting plans to keep you busy…or to rest. Whatever floats your boat! What do I have on tap? A little treadmill running this morning, then some unpacking/organizing of my room – can’t wait to show you the finished product!
And then tonight? I’m off to watch one of my oldest friends (he was also my middle school boyfriend – clearly that didn’t work out!) get married. This season of my life has been filled with weddings so far, and I could not be happier. There is nothing better than a good wedding, filled with lots of love and lots of fun!
But before I dazzle y’all with some wedding photos tomorrow, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite things – sleep. As a child I had a touch of insomnia. Alright, more than a touch. There were many nights where I would lie awake, my mind spinning with thoughts of the day, lists of things that I needed to do, passages from books, ideas for dress-up – I was a precocious child.
When I hit college, there were MANY nights where I only slept a few hours, if at all. There was too much to do, too many people to socialize with, too many papers to write
at the last minute! Some of my favorite memories are when my friends and I would trudge over to Pancake Pantry, Nashville’s premiere breakfast joint, to be there at 6am when it opened – without having slept.
Sane? No. Healthy? Absolutely not. Fun? Worth every minute of the sleep-deprivation. Now that I’m older, and a little bit wiser, I have come to appreciate sleep and the good that it does from my body. FitFluential’s even deemed “sleep” one of its four tenets of health!
When I have gotten a full eight hours of sleep: I feel more energized, I don’t have to eat every 20 minutes to stay awake, I’m more motivated to work out – the benefits are endless. When I was training for my half-marathon last spring, I realized that the better my sleep schedule was, the better my training went!
Even though the Olympics have been terrible for my sleep habits recently, I know that come Closing Ceremonies I will be back on track. And that will be wonderful. A tired Leah is almost as bad as a hungry Leah! Almost…
What about y’all: can you tell the difference when you aren’t well rested? How many hours of sleep do you need a night to be on your A-game?