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The Vital Importance Of A Good Night's Rest– Balancing Health, Work, And Family Energy

Belinda Kiriakou, an IFBB Pro and International cover model and Miss Universe Canada’s “Best Body” & “Audience Favorite” – is a well-known fitness professional and marketing consultant in Canada with 20 years of experience in health and fitness and most recently within hospitality and the entertainment sector.

 
Executive Contributor Belinda Kiriakou

As parents, we often find ourselves juggling countless responsibilities—work deadlines, school drop-offs, playdates, and household chores. In the midst of this whirlwind, one critical aspect of our well-being frequently gets sidelined: a good night's rest. However, prioritizing quality sleep is not just a luxury; it's a necessity for maintaining our health, productivity, and ability to cherish family moments.


Above view of relaxed woman sleeping in bed at night.

Health benefits of quality sleep

Let's start with health. Adequate sleep is the cornerstone of our overall well-being. It boosts our immune system, reduces stress, and even helps regulate our weight. When we're well-rested, we're less likely to succumb to colds and other illnesses. For parents, who often act as the frontline defense against household bugs and viruses, staying healthy is paramount.


Enhanced work performance

Now, consider your work life. Ever tried to power through a workday on just a few hours of sleep? It's tough. Sleep deprivation can impair our cognitive functions, making it harder to concentrate, remember details, and make decisions. On the flip side, when we get enough sleep, we're sharper, more focused, and better equipped to tackle the challenges of our jobs. This efficiency not only boosts our professional performance but also frees up more time and energy for our families.


Family energy and connection

Speaking of family, sleep plays a crucial role in how we interact with our loved ones. Ever notice how everything feels more manageable after a good night's sleep? Patience, humor, and the ability to handle life's little curveballs are all enhanced when we're well-rested. This is especially important for parents, as our children often look to us for guidance and emotional support. Being rested means we're more present and engaged, creating a positive and nurturing environment for our kids.


Creating a balanced sleep routine

So, how do we ensure we're getting the sleep we need? Start by establishing a consistent sleep routine. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. Create a relaxing bedtime ritual—whether it's reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practicing mindfulness meditation—to signal to your body that it's time to unwind.


Additionally, make your sleep environment conducive to rest. Keep your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet, and invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows. Limit exposure to screens before bedtime, as the blue light emitted by phones, tablets, and TVs can interfere with our natural sleep-wake cycles.


Lead by example

As parents, we also have the opportunity to model healthy sleep habits for our children. When they see us prioritizing sleep and waking up refreshed and ready to face the day, they'll learn to value rest as well. This sets them up for a lifetime of healthy sleep patterns, benefiting their academic performance, mood, and overall development.


In conclusion, a good night's rest is a vital component of a balanced life, especially for parents. By making sleep a priority, we're not only investing in our health and work performance but also ensuring we have the energy and patience to create meaningful, joyful connections with our families. So tonight, tuck yourself in a little earlier—you deserve it, and so does your family.


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Belinda Kiriakou, Health Coach & Marketing Entrepreneur

Belinda Kiriakou, an IFBB Pro and International cover model and Miss Universe Canada’s “Best Body” & “Audience Favorite” – is a well-known fitness professional and marketing consultant in Canada with 20 years of experience in health and fitness and most recently within hospitality and the entertainment sector. From competing as a professional fitness model to co-owning a personal training business, Belinda penetrated the hospitality industry working as a corporate fitness executive for leading companies in hospitality in Mexico & the Caribbean. While overcoming her own health challenges as a new mom, she was inspired to create her coaching business and “Hii5 Fit” – a fitness app for women, especially moms.

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