How many of us feel like we get enough rest? We’re busy right? We have work, we have family, we have hobbies, we have a ton of other responsibilities. We don’t have enough time for it all, so what do we cut out on. . . rest. Over 40% of Americans are sleep deprived.

What are the risks?

  • 50% higher risk for obesity if you get less than 5 hours of sleep nightly
  • 6000 fatal car crashes caused by drowsy driving each year
  • 1 in 25 adults who have fallen asleep at the wheel in the past month
  • 36% increase in risk for colorectal cancer
  • Increased blood pressure
  • 33% increase in dementia risk
  • 3-5 years is the number of years sleep deprivation can age your brain
  • 48% increase in developing heart disease
  • 3 times likely to catch a cold
  • Greater risk for depression irritability, anxiety, forgetfulness, fuzzy thinking.

So what?

We all know that we need more sleep more rest. We know that’s when the brain rewires itself and makes new connections to help with memory recall. It’s when the body heals itself from wounds and just from the wear and tear of the day. The body makes the molecules needed to jump start processes in the body, so that we function as we should. Yet it’s the one thing that we will sacrifice to do anything else. What we’re really doing is damaging ourselves, taking away from our quality of life.

It’s important for us to rest. We are more alert, friendlier, have better ideas, and healthier. One of the most important things we should be doing is making sure we get the rest we need. It’s not easy. I work on pharmaceuticals. I know there is huge industry out there to help people sleep. Sleeping aids should be taken in extreme situations. Later on I will discuss ways to help sleep better.

The stats were a little eye opening for me. I know I will be trying to make sleep/rest a priority in my life.


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No Soda Challenge Update 1

Last week I posted about how I was going to stop drinking soda and some of the reasons why. Go here, to see that post. It’s amazing what your body has to do in order to control that much sugar in the body. What is even more amazing is how our bodies are created, and the processes it has to protect us and handle what we put in to it that is not good for us. It’s been a week since I’ve quit soda and I just wanted to give an update on some of the changes I’m already feeling.


I have to admit the first couple of days I was really having some cravings for soda. Monday morning, going into work, was the real challenge. Usually in the morning I would go get a soda, to get me that jolt of caffeine. I also had cravings around the 2 pm time frame. As the week progressed the cravings for soda have subsided. Also, the first couple of days I was craving sugary foods. After about 4 days, those cravings started going away also.


Being honest, the first three days were horrible with energy. My body was on a routine for when it would get soda, and not putting that caffeine and sugar in my system, that it was used to. I felt sluggish the whole day, for those first three days. About mid week I started not feeling so sluggish. I also noticed more clear thinking and my concentration was starting to increase. I was also becoming less irritable.


This is the biggest benefit I’ve seen so far in just a week. I fall asleep quickly now. When I was drinking soda, I would never fall asleep that quickly. I could lay in bed for a good hour before I would finally fall asleep. Now, I’m out within a few minutes. I’ve also noticed I don’t wake up in the middle of the night like I use to. The last couple of days I wake up and not so groggy. Going off my Fit Bit, my REM sleep is increasing. My deep sleep hasn’t increased yet, but I’m expecting it will. The improvement in my sleep, especially the not waking up in the middle of the night, is probably the must appreciated benefit of no soda.

Going Forward of Not Drinking Soda

The benefits of how I’m starting to feel just after a week, is well worth fighting the urge to drink soda. I’ve also noticed that I’m dropping a couple of pounds on the scale, which is always good. I’ll keep track of that and see if that continues. It makes sense, as you’re putting less sugar/carbs into your body. Going forward, the plan is not to drink any soda at all. I should also note, that during this time, I have not substituted soda with anything else that has caffeine, i.e. coffee or tea. I’ve really wanted to quit cold turkey, and I was afraid if I put any caffeine in my system, I would start drinking soda again. I really wanted to break my body’s dependence on caffeine as my primary source for it was soda. If you’re thinking about quitting soda, I would highly encourage it. The first few days are hard but then it starts getting better, especially when you see some of the benefits of not consuming it.