Ok, there’s something that I keep meaning to bring up that feels a little weird to just barely be mentioning. Especially since I feel like I’ve become good friends with some of you since we “talk” on a daily basis! As many of you may know, my name is Alyssa. However, if you don’t know me in real life (let’s be honest even if you do) you might not know that my name is pronounced like Alisa (uh-lee-sa). It can be confusing for people and then they just get scared to say my name at all for fear of saying it wrong. I don’t get offended if people pronounce my name wrong and usually don’t even correct them. Someone else around us will correct them and then I don’t have to do it 🙂 It’s to the point where I will answer to anything that sounds remotely like it could be my name; Alyssa, Alisa, Alicia, Lisa….I even turn every time I hear someone say “at least”…I guess when you say it fast it kinda sounds like my name. ANYWAY…just wanted to let my blogging buddies know how to say my name. That’s all 🙂
Yesterday we had a Professional Employee Associate Appreciation Luncheon. Long story short, I got free catered lunch catered by my work. Woohoo! Look at how delicious it was!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the wellness discussion yesterday! I love all your insights! If you missed Factor #1: Body Image you can check it out here.
Wellness Factor #2: SLEEP!
Oh I do love my sleep! But before I get into it, let’s see what you guys said!
Rachel: Sleep is definitely a necessity for me. I feel sluggish/unmotivated when I don’t sleep enough and my workouts are the worst.
Ali: I’m one of those people who could sleep 12 hours if I had the chance. There’s no such thing as enough sleep for me.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, “there is no “magic number.” Not only do different age groups need different amounts of sleep, but sleep needs are also individual. Just like any other characteristics you are born with, the amount of sleep you need to function best may be different for you than for someone who is of the same age and gender. While you may be at your absolute best sleeping seven hours a night, someone else may clearly need nine hours to have a happy, productive life.”
I love the comments above because I think it shows just that! We are all so different when it comes to our sleep! If I get less than 6.5 hours of sleep, I know I’ll be tired. If I get less than 6, I’ll pretty much be worthless. More than 8.5 or 9 and again I’ll be sluggish. You have to give your body what it needs and only you truly know what your own body needs! While there is not “magic number”, as stated above, there are recommendations based on your age.
Lack of sleep also has way more downsides than just feeling like you need a nap mid-day. Some of them include:
- Increased risk of death
- Increased risk of accidents
- Ages your skin
- Makes you forgetful
- Makes you gain weight
- Dumbs you down
- Leads to serious health problems
I don’t know about you, but none of those sound that great to me! Another side effect is that your immune system lowers, making you more susceptible to getting sick. I know that when I’m sleep deprived I almost ALWAYS end up getting sick. No fun!
So take care of your body and give it the well deserved rest it deserves!
Do you have a hard to pronounce name? or do people ever pronounce your name incorrectly?
How much do you sleep at night? What’s your personal “magic number”?
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