It Took 3 Days (28,000 Views)

Hello lovely people 🙂

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It is Tuesday morning here in Sydney, Australia – I have come back to work from a 3 day weekend – it was Labour Day.

I spent my weekend outdoors, in the sun, exercising & recharging.

Sometimes you need to just switch off, forget about everyone, everything & focus on yourself.

I have been focusing on myself, my fitness & my healthy eating more closely than ever lately – with summer coming up here in Aus, I want to ensure that I am body confident. (I know I should be confident w/ the skin I am in but I am still on my body confidence journey).

I am happy w/ how far I’ve come – I don’t know how long its been since I worked out in shorts… Maybe 2-3 years. I went for a walk last week in shorts. With baby steps, I am getting there 🙂

WOW. Another thousand views to add to the pocket – I am so speechless at the amount of support I get on my comments but I am also very blessed about the way people speak about me on their on pages.

Thank you for all the kindness, compassion, support, guidance & love you all bring to my life – I am so grateful for all of you.

Below are 2 snippets from Tales of a Hypochondriac & Gail loves God. These two lovely ladies say the most sweetest things.

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^ To think that my lovely followers think of me in this way is so beautiful.

Thank you to everyone that truly takes the time to read my posts & share love with me.

How was your weekend? What did you get up to? I would love to hear ❤

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Technology Impacts Your Sleep

Hands up if you are guilty of using your phone in bed! Yep, me too. Unfortunately, that sneaky social media check at bedtime might be doing more harm than you thought. You might have heard by now that technology can cause problems with sleep habits. Let me explain how it can actually affect your sleep!

 

It can affect our body clock

When watching TV or using devices at night, the screen light can begin to affect your body. The photoreceptors (cells) in your eyes sense light and dark, so the light from your screen signals to the brain that it is still day and not time for bed. In time, this can affect your circadian rhythms (body clock) and cause your brain to misinterpret whether it should be awake or getting sleepy.

Using a device before bed (or worse, while in bed) can eventually lead to an adjustment of your body clock. That means you might not be getting sleepy until much later than normal. If you are still getting up early each day, the quality of sleep you get may begin to suffer.

 

It can keep your brain active

Have you ever had trouble falling asleep after playing games online, or after a group chat session with your besties? There’s a reason! These activities can stimulate your brain, which may leave it feeling wide awake. When your brain is in an activity state, it can take longer to shift back a gear and to recognise it’s time to sleep.

 

Technology can impact sleep-producing hormones

Another problem affecting sleep is caused by the type of light coming from screens. Tablets, TVs, computer screens and smartphones all emit blue light, which can reduce melatonin production. Melatonin is a hormone your body makes to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. If your body doesn’t produce melatonin as normal, it may take longer to get to sleep. The amount of restorative sleep may also be affected.

Here’s something to think about. Blue light is so effective at keeping people awake, it has been used in factories and workplaces with regular night shifts. Studies have actually shown blue light can boost reaction times and our attention level. That’s why it really has no place in your bedroom when you’re trying to sleep!

 

Here’s how to sleep better without giving up all of your devices:

 

  • Use night-time settings to reduce the blue light (this light has the biggest impact on receptors) on electronic devices.
  • If you use an e-reader at night, change the settings so the page is black with white text (instead of the other way around).
  • Try to have a regular bedtime and put your devices down before you start getting ready for bed.
  • Set your phone to silent before you go to bed, or turn notifications off so your sleep isn’t disrupted during the night.
  • Try to avoid using your phone or tablet in bed.
  • Make sleep a priority in your day-to-day life. Sleep is important for your health, so try to make sure you’re getting enough.

 

I know I got a little bit tech-heavy today, but the main thing to keep in mind is screen time can affect the amount of restful sleep you’re getting. As I’ve said before, sleep is when your body recovers, so it’s important you are getting enough of it!

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)