The Weekend Is Here!

It’s Friday.

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

Most people feel that way.  They look forward to the weekend to rest up from their 9-5 gig.  They crave that break.

There’s nothing wrong with that either.  It’s normal.  Everyone needs rest.  It’s essential to a healthy lifestyle.  You probably know you can’t perform at your best when you’re not rested.  Did you know that your immune system also suffers when you lack rest?  Yep.  It’s been shown that one bad night’s sleep reduces your immune response.  That’s not good.  People that work rotating shiftwork, tend to be less rested, and tend to get sick more often than those on a regular schedule.  But why?

Well, did you ever wonder what the purpose of feeling sleepy actually is?  Why do we get that sensation?  It’s part of the innate process, hardwired into us by the One who created us.  It’s our body’s way of saying it’s time to power down and let repair from the day’s activities.  It is essential and vital to our health.  That’s why when you are sick with the flu, or other infection, all your body wants to do is sleep.  It’s telling you exactly what to do!

So, this weekend, make time to rest, really rest.  I don’t mean sleep all day.  That actually impacts your health negatively by disrupting your routine.  It is suggested that you keep your same sleep schedule on weekends as you do for the work week as much as possible.  Our bodies work best when in a rhythm.  But you can take time to relax and watch some TV, read a book, do some gardening, socialize with friends.  Those are all things that help you rejuvenate your body.

I know, I know.  I can hear you now.  But there’s so many projects I need to get done on the weekend.  I get it.  I have those too.  My suggestion is to do your best to knock them out on the first part of the weekend, so that you can get a good bit of down time on the last 1/2 of the weekend.

Look at your weekend and schedule it out.  Make sure you do get to do your projects, but take time to have some fun, do some resting and enjoy your down time.

Rest, it’s vital for your health.

Until next time….Be Well!

Dr. G

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