Not Getting Enough Sleep? This Wellness Hack Could Make Up for It

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Do you struggle with getting 8 hours of sleep per night? We feel you! The good news is that the time you go to bed is more important than the amount you get. A recent study has shown that a regular sleep schedule can improve your health and even help you live longer. Read on to find out more details.

A Better Sleep Hack

The study revealed that people with consistent sleep habits who go to bed and wake up at similar times every day are less likely to be at risk of premature cancer-related, heart, or metabolic issues. Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a good amount of sleep, but that’s not the main factor!

Let’s just say that the timing of your sleep is just as important as the duration. Even if you get 8 hours per night, if you get them at different times, there will be no point.

Why Is Consistent Sleep Important?

A regular bed schedule will not only impact the quality of your sleep but also your metabolism, metabolic health, cognitive health, and heart health. Even if you exercise, eat well, and sleep for eight hours, it’s still not enough to get the full health benefits. Also, try not to oversleep on the weekends. It doesn’t help as much as you may wish it to.

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But how can you set an ideal sleep time? Simply create yourself a relaxing bedtime routine. Turn off the lights in the evening, play some calm music, make yourself a cup of hot tea, and just try to slow down. It should get you ready for your beauty sleep, it just takes some conditioning.

Eye masks and meditation also feel very soothing and help improve sleep quality. Remember that setting a sleeping schedule takes time, so be patient and enjoy the process!

Try This Focaccia With Caramelized Onions, Cranberries, and Brie for a Perfect Appetizer

Next holiday, tickle your taste buds with this appetizer. A no-knead pizza dough, caramelized onions with balsamic vinegar, cranberries, and creamy brie cheese make this focaccia a family favorite for any occasion. It’ll add festivity and flavor to your table and wow your guests. In fact, it’s so delicious you might not even have to think about a main course! Check out the recipe, plus step-by-step instructions, here.

Ingredients for the Focaccia

Focaccia with Caramelized Onions, Cranberries, and Brie Below, you can find information about the necessary ingredients for the dough and topping:

Focaccia

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp instant yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ¾ cups water (lukewarm)
  • ¼ cup olive oil, more for the pan

Topping

  • 3 medium or 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 ounces brie, cut into cubes
  • 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary

Focaccia Preparation Method

Scroll down for the step-by-step instructions, roll up your sleeves, and prepare this tasty focaccia!

Step #1: Dough Preparation

Mix the ingredients for the focaccia in a medium-sized bowl. As it’s a no-knead dough, you don’t have to knead it. However, kneading just a few times to ensure all ingredients are mixed thoroughly is a good idea. Let it sit for at least an hour at room temperature. You can use it immediately or put it in the fridge overnight.

Step #2: Press Out the Dough

Film a baking sheet on a pan and spread 1 tablespoon of olive oil evenly over the sheet. Spread the dough, patting it out until it fills the pan. Let it rest uncovered for half an hour.

Step #3: Caramelize the Onions Caramelize the onions with 2 tablespoons of butter or extra virgin olive oil. Add salt and stir occasionally. Cook for up to 40 mins.

Step #4: Top the Dough

Brush 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the dough and scatter onions on top. Add the brie and the cranberries, and the rosemary.

Step #5: Bake Bake for about 25 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is fully melted.