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August 2020: Sound Sleep
Did you know that we spend about one-third of our lives sleeping? For good reasons that is! Sleep is essential to our well-being, but one in three American adults do not get the recommended 7+ hours of sleep each night. Let’s focus this month on sleep so that we can eat well, live well, be well, and SLEEP WELL!
Eat Well
Sleep and Hunger
Getting quality sleep is important for making sure our hunger hormones are optimal throughout the day. A poor night’s sleep can cause our hunger hormone (ghrelin) to increase and satiety hormone (leptin) to decrease causing us to consume more food throughout the day. Focus on eating a clean energy source from foods like nuts, avocados, eggs, fatty fish, fruits and vegetables instead of highly processed carbohydrates.
Sleep and Food Timing
The time of day we eat can also impact our sleep quality. Just like we follow a circadian rhythm for our sleep cycle, every organ has their own biological clock. When we eat later at night and closer to our bed time, our body’s digestion isn’t working as efficiently as it is earlier in the day. It is sleepy too! Our body’s response to carbohydrates later in the evening, like crackers, breads, pastas, and cereals is less favorable and can leave our blood sugar levels elevated for a longer period of time. It is best to close up the kitchen a few hours before bed time (if possible) to allow our bodies to efficiently digest our food and get prepared to repair and restore our body during sleep.
Live Well
In order to live well and thrive each and every day, you may need resources to help you sustain or get you there. Refer to the resources below which focus on tips for sound sleep.

Be Well
This month we included a Seven Day Sleep Challenge. For seven days, see if you are able to instill a variety of healthy habits that promote restful sleep. Track your progress by checking each habit off each day!

In Good Health,
Looking for Additional Well-Being Tools to Thrive?
Check out our Wellness Page which features Wellness Seminars, Mindful Moments, and much more!

Kayla Isaacs, CHES, CWWS 630.737.9383 |

Madeline Engelking, MBA, RDN 630.737.9356 | 
About the Monthly Wellness Newsletter
The everyday choices we make can help us live healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives. The CGO Employee Wellness Newsletter provides monthly resources and education on a variety of topics like nutrition, exercise, emotional health and resilience, prevention and more. Our hope is that this information empowers you to incorporate sustainable healthy habits for a lifetime of good health and well-being.

Always consult with your physician before beginning any wellness program. This general information is not intended to replace your healthcare professional.  

Sources: Sources: Zywave, National Sleep Foundation, The Genius Life Max Lugavere

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