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 spending 15 years developing her own personal definition of wellness and watching literally thousands struggle with theirs, in 2019 Adrien founded Alexandria Wellness, the home for the Concierge Wellness Program and Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton. Today, “FOR” is home to more than 250 clients, 12 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. She is passionate about helping others view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix. Adrien’s recipe for success herself has evolved from a rigid training plan of a 4-5 hard workouts per week to some days getting in her 10,000 steps and her 7.5 hours of sleep and her beloved 5-Minute Flow. Now, she believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results, even if it’s only for five minutes a day. Adrien works daily to help clients understand that the three most vital components of any effective fitness program are consistency, sustainability, and fun. Adrien believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and our health and that change, or improvement, is always within reach despite what your “inner voice” or others may tell you. She believes her vocation is to help Alexandrians 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 and listening to FOR client’s success stories. Adrien prides herself on her practice of mindfulness, meditation, and putting it all into perspective.

Fitness on the Run is Fitness for Life. Combining a focus on strong bodies and strong minds with a robust wellness education program and unparalleled personalized attention, we provide fitness for health, longevity and functionality.

Fitness on the Run
210 N Lee St.,
Alexandria, VA 22314

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