• How to actually make it to the gym four times this week like you said you would? Change the way you think about it. Think of your workouts the same way yogis think about their sweat sessions: as a “practice” — one that makes you better, not just afterward when you can squeeze into your skinny jeans, but during as well, says this personal trainer. Interesting, right? [Greatist]
Sleep is essential, obviously, but seems to fall down the list of priorities when we have so many waking obligations. In the fast-paced world and fast-paced city we live in, it’s reasonable to wonder if we’re sleeping enough. Last fall, we told you guys about research done by the fitness-tracker company Jawbone that showed that Philadelphians, on average, were not getting enough sleep. But according to new research — also performed by a company that creates health trackers — it seems that Pennsylvanians as a whole are actually getting a good amount of rest. Read more »
A few weeks ago, we clued you guys in to a slew of genius tricks to survive ridiculously hot summer nights without air conditioning, and while donning teeny-tiny cotton pajamas made the list, sleeping naked was surprisingly controversial. As Greatist, who compiled that amazing list of sleep hacks, explained, some say ditching clothes at night keeps them cool while others claim sweat sticks to their body and makes them even hotter, causing worse sleep than if they’d just kept their PJs on in the first place.
This nonunanimous ruling on sleeping naked piqued my interest. I would think less — or nothing, in this case — is more when it comes to 95-degree weather, but maybe not? So I decided to ask sleep expert Ritu Grewal, attending physician at the Sleep Disorder Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, to weigh in: Will you get better sleep if you ditch your pajamas on hot summer nights? I asked.
You probably know that here at Be Well Philly we’re big fans of hopping out of bed for that early-morning workout. And why wouldn’t we be? By working out first thing, you start off your day with an accomplishment and a healthy mindset to set you up for success. There’s no denying that sleep is important too, but important enough to miss your workout?
Most of us are connected to our computers, smartphones, and televisions right up until the moment we close our eyes. This habit is proven to interrupt the quality of our sleep. Instead of crawling into bed at night to catch up on your favorite guilty pleasures or to pin your recipe to-dos on Pinterest, try winding down with a bedtime yoga flow. Read more »
• A study by the American Psychological Association found that 50 percent of millennials report being kept up all night due to stress at least once in the past month, and NPR says 60 million Americans are currently battling insomnia. So, if you’re one of ‘em, you could probably use this: The 4-7-8 breathing exercise for sleep that’s been known to put even the most stressed out people to bed in under a minute. [TIME]