The 7 Most Common Sleep Questions, Answered

You may know I speak to a number of corporations and associations about a range of wellness topics. I also host a Fat Loss Program at FOR called “Fit for Life,” which has been a huge success. The five pillars of these programs include Habits, Sleep, Stress, Food, and Exercise, covering everything one needs to know to get and stay healthy and fit. I plan to write about each program later this month, but in the meantime, over the course of these programs the questions about sleep were so prevalent that I thought I’d address this important topic sooner than later.

Sleep is a primal need. It is essential for fat loss or simply maintaining fitness. With adequate and quality sleep, your fitness has the potential to be at its prime. Without it, it becomes, quite frankly, the reason you may be holding onto an extra 10 pounds. Might I remind you: when you sleep, you not only recover and build muscle, you BURN FAT.

Here are some of the best questions I believe will help you, loyal readers, understand the importance of sleep to your health and fitness.


1. Is it beneficial to nap?

Yes! In fact studies have shown it produces greater cognitive function in our brains.


2. Do we really need 8 hours of sleep each night?

All of the experts point to 7 hours, minimum.


3. Why do I sometimes have trouble falling asleep?

This is so tough. It means something is going on in your mind you can’t erase to get to a relaxed state.


4. What do I do when I wake up at 3am, wide awake?

This is the main issue I find with my Fit for Life and Corporate Wellness clients. Someone once said our sleep is a result of the day we just had. The stress we are walking around with is waking you up. There is a much longer explanation but suffice it to say, come to Fit for Life and learn more! My biggest piece of advice: if you wake up at any time before you planned to awaken, do not look at the clock!


5. Is dreaming good?

Dreaming is fantastic. Recalling your dreams means you achieved the highest level of sleep, the REM sleep! Yay, you!


6. What is the perfect temperature for sleep?

Cold! Our bodies heat as we sleep. They are working really hard. Turn down the temp or put your feet in cold water before bed.


7. Why do I feel hungrier when I am tired?

When our bodies are “starving” for sleep, the hormone ghrelin is boosted and can cause an increase in hunger by at least 20 percent.


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Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home after a successful career in policy and public affairs communications. After spending 15 years developing her own personal definition of wellness and watching thousands struggle with theirs, in January 2019 Adrien founded Alexandria Wellness, the home for the Concierge Wellness Program and Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton. Over the course of 15 years, “FOR” was home to more than 2,000 clients, 30 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. Adrien is now, more-than-ever, passionate about helping women view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix. Adrien’s recipe for success herself has evolved from a rigid training plan of sweaty and heart pumping workouts to some days getting in her 10,000 steps, consciously breathing, her 7.5 hours of sleep, and her beloved 5-Minute Flow. Adrien believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results, even if it’s one new habit formed each month. Still passionate about fitness, Adrien’s clients appreciate her ability to make sessions seriously challenging without a “beat down,” a healthy mix of strength and metabolic (cardio) work and ultimately helping her clients gain real strength in mind and body. She believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and that change, or improvement, is within reach despite what your “inner voice” or others may tell you. Adrien is bubbling with excitement to help women learn the importance of a comprehensive approach to wellness, weight loss, and contentedness with yourself, and that every person has the right to feel good about themselves. Most days, you can find her helping clients with their wellness, listening to success stories, and bragging about her twin 13-year-old children and “fittest man in Alexandria” Bill Cotton. Adrien prides herself on her practice of mindfulness, meditation, and putting it all into perspective.

Alexandria Wellness offers achievable answers for anyone who is tired of chasing fitness and health without a clear plan, someone who has struggled and is not satisfied with their fitness and wellness or someone who is open to maximized healthful longevity and fitness along with healthful weight loss. Adrien and her team offer help with food guidance, body acceptance, sleep and stress issues, and insist you have fun along the way.

Schedule your free 30 minute consult here!

Alexandria Wellness
215 North Payne Street
Alexandria, VA 22314



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