I’m going to let you in on one of my tightly guarded morning ritual secrets …
I’m a junkie. An online magazine junkie, that is. Or actually, to be more specific … a Real Simple magazine junkie.
The worst part is, I’m not even sure how it started.
You see, somewhere in my web-browsing ecstasy I signed up for their daily newsletter and well … those 15-20 minutes a day I spend browsing their “Daily Finds” and clicking through their highly researched and smartly-written articles somehow gets me through my day.
I. Love. Them.
(Whew … it is good to get it off of my chest.)
In fact, I’ve been wanting to tell you just how special Real Simple is to me, but “Best Lightweight Pajamas” and “Espadrilles for Every Occasion” don’t really fit into the whole American girl living it up in Calabria theme I have going on here.
I hungrily clicked through to the read “8 Health Shortcuts That Work,” because come on now, aren’t we all looking for a break on that “eight glasses of water a day” rule?
Well, anyway …
Shortcut on exercise? Nice.
Shortcut on fruits and veggies? I’m in, I’m in …
Shortcut on sleep? Wait. Didn’t the Italians invent that? According to the article, there is a shortcut on sleeping 7-8 hours a night, too.
The ideal: Get at least seven hours each night. Skimping on sleep can have a major impact on your health. A 2007 study at the University of Warwick, in England, found that women who slept fewer than five hours a night were twice as likely to suffer from hypertension as women who got seven hours of sleep. Previous studies have linked lack of sleep to weight gain and a weakened immune system.
The next best thing: If you’ve been short on sleep, take a nap. A recent study found that people who took a short daily nap had a lower rate of dying from heart disease than did those who never snoozed during the day.”
Well, if you say so.
Over the last year or so I’ve gotten out of the Italian habit of napping post-pranzo and continue working throughout the afternoon. But if Real Simple says it is so … it is so.
Speaking of, it is just about that time over here in southeast Texas.
So I’m off to have an afternoon riposo. What about you-do you nap during the day? Come on. You can tell us.