Eleanor and Audra talk more about the most important times to sleep, and how to take advantage.
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Audra Lowe: Welcome back everybody, it's time for Hot Topics. We've got Eleanor Langston here. She's Beauty Director over at Fitness magazine and earlier in this show we were talking about Sleeping Your Way Gorgeous. Eleanor Langston: Yes. Audra Lowe: Things that you can do before you go to bed, to wake up looking refreshed, revived, basically looking like a different person. Eleanor Langston: Than you did , when you went to sleep right. Audra Lowe: Right and you have something interesting on your blog over at Fitness magazine where you talked to women about how much or should we say how little sleep they get. Eleanor Langston: Yes, exactly, it was fascinating to see kind of the different sleep habits that women have and how that affects their well being, how much they exercise, what they're eating and how it really is at 360 approach that if you're sleeping getting in 7 to 9 hours you are going to be healthy overall and these numbers confirm that. Audra Lowe: It did and actually a lot of the numbers were really scary, and we are talking about how many women try to make up for lost sleep on the weekend, which we know we can't make up for the same. Eleanor Langston: Exactly. Audra Lowe: More than half of the women follow that, right? Eleanor Langston: Yes, exactly more than half of the women do it, I am guilty of it. Audra Lowe: I am guilty of it. Eleanor Langston: Studies show that it really doesn't work and that its much more effective to log your 7 to 9 hours, every single of the week instead of trying to cram it all in a nap or - Audra Lowe: Yeah because Monday and Tuesday, it's all undone. Eleanor Langston: Exactly. Audra Lowe: How many women say that they were less likely to exercise when they were tired, 48%m so half of women said that? Eleanor Langston: Exactly, so if you are, you know, wanting to stay in shape and stay in your fitness goals then the best thing is to do is get those 7 to 9 hours and you'll be more likely to exercise, when you're feeling sluggish and you kind of a more likely to be like - oh, just skip the gym - Audra Lowe: I did that yesterday, I know -- right pass the gym, I was too tired to even think about getting out of the car and that's when I just turned corner so I am not going - Eleanor Langston: Yeah, who wants to work out when they are so sleepy and tired and fatigued so - Audra Lowe: Fall asleep on the treadmill -- that's not good - Eleanor Langston: Yeah. Audra Lowe: And also what kind of foods that you tend to eat when you are tired, foods high in carbohydrates, sugary foods, things like that, is it because they're easier to grab or are you looking for a pick me up? Eleanor Langston: You're looking for pick me up and happen often times people turn to sugar, you know as the ultimate pick me up, so I think when people are kind of really not sleeping and often they tend to gravitate towards this unhealthy foods like hit the Candy Bar, the vending machine. Audra Lowe: And half of the women were on the day, I were honest and say that they actually do that - Eleanor Langston: Yeah they actually do, so yeah it's really one of that fact that your - you are reaching for that sugar high to keep you going. Audra Lowe: And then having trouble sleeping at night is an issue for a lot of people but what's specifically for women you have found that there were, oh my god, its almost 70% of women said that. Eleanor Langston: So many people are light sleepers, wake up in the middle of the night, cant get to sleep, have all these issues so important things experts say is to have to kind of sleep ritual before you go to bed so -- whether that's taking a bath having a hot seat, something that you do consistently every night will make you, signals to your and your mind that this is now sleep time and it be easier to go to - it will be easier for you to fall asleep and stay asleep. Audra Lowe: And on your blog, I noticed that you're talking about the reasons why you really do need to get those seven to nine h