Sleep Before You’re Dead! COMMITTING TO MYSELF IN 2020!
Brian R. Summers DMD, PhD Patrick V. Hagerty, DMD
Happy New Year! I want to thank you for trusting our team at Calapooia Family Dental in 2019, and I already cannot wait to see what is in store for 2020 — much less this new decade. This past year was full of growth and change at our practice, and that is in no small part thanks to all of you and the trust you put in us. As we look ahead to 2020, I’m excited about what we’re setting out to accomplish. Personally, I have some goals I’m looking forward to tackling, too! It’s one of the most common New Year’s resolutions out there, but I’m going to try to live a little healthier in 2020. This year, I’m committing to improving my life in each of the three pillars of health: diet, exercise, and sleep. Yes, sleep! When people think about health and wellness, sleep is often something that’s forgotten and pushed aside. But how much you sleep and the quality of it matters just as much to your body as the food you consume and the way you move your body. You can improve your cognitive function, memory, digestion, weight, and mood — all just by lying still and getting rest! It’s your body’s time to repair itself and when you deprive it of that, you’re depriving yourself of some of the greatest health benefits. When I hear the phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” I can’t help but cringe. Sleep is vital to your well-being, and if you haven’t checked in on your sleeping habits recently, I’d recommend doing so! (Check out our article on Page 3 of this newsletter to learn more about a common sleep disorder that may be limiting the amount of ZZZ’s you catch!) But sleep is just one leg of the three-legged stool of health. For the other two, I also have a few plans in place. I want to improve my entire family’s diet by ensuring my kids eat more vegetables this year. I have no doubt that shifting their habits and providing healthy, whole foods for them will not only instill good habits but will help myself as well. For my exercise goal, I want to focus on the winter months. As a runner, I often find it difficult to maintain my running habit during these colder months. It’s not so much the cold and snow that slows me down; it’s the shortened days! I don’t want to run at night, so
Calapooia Courier January 2020
“FOR ME, MY FAMILY IS MY ‘WHY.’ I WANT TO BE AROUND FOR MY KIDS AND MY GRANDKIDS, AND IN ORDER TO DO THAT, I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF MYSELF.”
I have to find other ways this winter to stay active. I’m looking forward to incorporating more regimens into my exercise routine, and hopefully, come spring, I’ll be stronger than in the past. Tackling a 6-mile run won’t feel like running a marathon. I recently experienced this after returning from vacation, but I still made it! For every goal that I set, I’m reminded that I need to find my “why.” I was once told that if your why doesn’t make you cry, then it’s not your why. Creative rhyming aside, I believe we have to find the purpose and the reasoning behind our goals in order to achieve them. For me, my family is my why. I want to be around for my kids and my grandkids, and in order to do that, I have to take care of myself. Being there for your loved ones starts with taking care of yourself. How will you do that in 2020? I believe in you, and I hope you’ll join me as I strive to take care of myself this year.
Have a wonderful, healthy, and safe new year!
-Dr. Brian Summers
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