Archive for January, 2014

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014

Why I Quit Drinking Wine

As of Wednesday morning of last week, I’ve quit drinking wine... DONE. And here’s why...
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I’ve noticed over the last 2 years or so - when I drink wine with dinner, my sleep suffers. The most common problem being that I’d wake up in the middle of the night, and would have to fight the minutes in order to fall back asleep. I had actually stopped for about 4 months - but last Tuesday night, I was at a speaking/dinner event in Las Vegas and enjoyed a glass & a half of red wine with my dinner. I went to bed at about 11pm and by 2am I was wide awake and couldn’t get back to sleep. Not good AT ALL. So, I’m done with wine, even the sulfite-free Organic wines. My sleep (and yours) is infinitely more valuable than enjoying a glass or two of wine with dinner. Remember: Quality sleep is critical to optimal fitness, health and youth preservation. When our sleep is sacrificed - we pay the price in many ways.

Some of the ways we pay that price are:

1 - Increased Irritability and Moodiness 2 - Decreased Physical Performance 3 - Accelerated Aging (from looking like $#!% every morning - to hormone de-optimization) 4 - Limited Brain Functionality Those are just a few - and those alone lead to several layers of other ill effects of bad sleep, such as: A - Increased Body-Fat B - Muscle Wasting C - Sagging Skin D - Loss of Libido (YIKES!) There are many articles and resources that shed more light on this topic - all you have to do is search "Wine and Insomnia" From here forward, I’ll simply enjoy an organic/artisan beer with dinner, when I’m in the mood (usually during the warmer months here in North Florida). Again, our sleep is profoundly valuable to our wellness, longevity and the quality of our daily lives - all aspects of it. So, we must place priority on creating conditions that give us the best sleep-time possible.

More to come on the topic of high-quality sleep - soon.

Any thoughts, questions or comments? Just post below - that space is there for YOU :-) Your trainer for life, Joey Atlas