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Hydration is not just drinking water. You need to drink enough water to stay healthy. If you don’t get enough water into your body, it will cause problems like dehydration or even death. When you are thirsty, you aren’t concentrating well and making good decisions because you are too tired from all the stress of life. Your mind and body are going to be at their best when they have a balanced amount of fluids.
You may think that you don’t need to worry about getting enough water, but there is no way around it. You do need to take care of yourself in general, so you shouldn’t go without food or drink either. There is nothing worse than being hungry and dehydrated. You want to feel full, but you just don’t have the energy to eat.
The first thing you need to do is figure out how much water you actually need.
How many glasses of water would fit in one of those plastic mason jars?
That’s what we’re here for today!
How Much Water Do I Need To Drink A Day?
Water is necessary for almost every bodily function. You sweat, you cry, you bleed, and you need water. The average adult needs at least eight 8-ounce cups of water a day with an additional 8 cups from other beverages and food.
If you are going to be exercising or doing manual labor then you want to double that amount. Your body needs more water when it is working harder than usual. If you are an athlete or have a physically demanding job, then you definitely need to be hydrated.
How Can I Make Sure I Am Actually Hydrated?
The best way to know if you are hydrated is to look at your urine. If your urine is a pale yellow, then you are most likely hydrated. It should be a very light color and not too dark. The darker your urine, the less hydrated you are. Urine should be almost clear in color if you are severely dehydrated.
If you aren’t hydrated, then you can experience some terrible consequences. Your body might become desiccated or not function correctly. Your skin will crack easily and you won’t be able to sweat when you need to cool off. You aren’t likely to have enough energy or be able to focus on things. If you are very dehydrated, you might even pass out, so it’s a good idea to find out if you are hydrated or not in the first place.
How Can I Make Sure That I Don’t Get Dehydrated?
You can take a few steps in order to make sure you are hydrated. One of the best ways to do this is to drink water whenever you can. If you are thirsty, you’ve waited too long and should drink up immediately. Once you are thirsty, it’s a sign that your body is already semi-desiccated and you need more water in order to function.
You also need to drink enough water so you are going to the bathroom. If you aren’t urinating even once a day, you are dehydrated. Even if you aren’t eating any more food than normal, you are going to get dehydrated.
The best way to make sure you are hydrated is to keep a water bottle on you at all times and make sure that you down it several times a day. You can also check if your urine is a very light color. If it’s a deep yellow, you need to drink more water.
How Much Water Should An Adult Drink?
If you are an average adult that works a normal job and isn’t extremely physical, you are going to want to drink the standard eight 8-ounce cups of water a day. This might sound like a lot, but it really isn’t. If you drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages, then you are going to have to add more water to balance out how dehydrating the caffeine is.
When you first wake up in the morning, before you even get out of bed, you should drink at least eight ounces of water. Most people are dehydrated as soon as they wake up and don’t even realize it. As soon as you get up, go to the bathroom and pee like your life depended on it. You want to get your water intake started as soon as you wake up.
You also want to carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go and drink it constantly. You don’t want to wait until you are thirsty to start drinking more water. By that time, you might already be mildly dehydrated and not realize it. By staying hydrated, you are going to feel more energetic and be able to focus better.
How Much Water Is Too Much Water?
If you are drinking way more than eight cups of water a day, then you could be at risk for something called water intoxication. This is when you have consumed too much water and your sodium levels drop too low. This causes the brain to swell and can actually cause death. If you are drinking more than eight cups of water a day, try to cut down slowly so your body can get used to it. This is especially important for people who like to do a lot of sports or exercise.
What If I’m Active?
If you are an athlete that sweats a lot or participates in a sport that makes you sweat a lot, you are going to need to replace the water that you are sweating out. It is recommended that you should drink a cup of water for every pound that you weigh. For instance, if you weigh 150 pounds, you will want to drink 150% of however many ounces of water you would normally drink in a day. Of course, this is just a guideline and it is ultimately up to you how much water you think you need to drink on any particular day.
How To Get Back To Sleep After Waking Up Early
You are lying in bed wide awake. You have been tossing and turning for what feels like hours, but the clock says it has only been ten minutes. You are never going to be able to go back to sleep. Not that you want to because you have to work in a few hours and need to get up in two hours.
Why is this happening?
There are several reasons why you may have woken up early when you had intended to sleep in. The bright sunlight shining through your window, a noisy truck driving down your street or a random noise that sounded like an explosion in your head may have all woken you up. If this has been happening on a regular basis, then there is a good chance that it is due to something called “sleep patterns.”
Most people have a sleep pattern that they follow every single day. For instance, there are early risers that wake up at the crack of dawn every day and there are night owls that don’t get to bed until midnight or later. No matter what you do, you won’t be able to sleep past the time that is natural for you to wake up.
If this is the first time this has happened, then it could just be due to a change in your schedule. You may have gone to bed at an odd hour and your body just decided to wake up at its normal time. If this has happened more than once or if it is starting to become a regular thing, then you should talk to your doctor. There could be something wrong with your internal clock and you need to get it checked out.
Can I Do Anything To Stop This From Happening?
The most common remedy for a sleep disorder is to set your alarm an hour or two earlier than you need to wake up. When you wake up early, try to stay in bed and try to go back to sleep. Set your alarm for later than you need to wake up and force yourself to stay in bed.
Hopefully, as time goes on, your body will start to get used to the new sleep cycle. You may have to set your alarm for five or ten minutes earlier every few days to get your body back on schedule. Eventually, you will be waking up at the right time and not even feeling tired in the morning.
You Could Always…
If setting your alarm to a time you don’t need to wake up doesn’t work for you, there are other options. The most extreme thing you could do is what is known as “free running” your sleep cycle. This means you would get up when you wake up and then go back to sleep when you feel tired.
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