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THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP – GET YOUR Z’S

I don’t know about you but when I get a good night’s sleep, there’s a much higher probability that my whole experience during the day ahead is better. It’s so very important to me that its been worth my time to learn more about sleep and practice changes in my sleep habits.

 

The Importance of Sleep

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping. Healthy brain function and emotional well-being: sleep helps your brain work properly and improves your learning. Sleep deficiency has been linked to poor problem solving, controlling emotions, depression, suicide, and risk-taking.  Physical health:  sleep supports healthy growth and development and is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels, and your immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to increased risk of obesity, heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.  Daytime performance and safety: getting enough quality sleep at night helps you function well throughout the day. People who are sleep-deficient are less productive at work and school; they take longer to finish tasks, have a slower reaction time, and make more mistakes.

How Much Sleep Is Enough?

The amount of sleep you need changes with age and varies from person to person. In general, it is recommended that adults (including the elderly) get 7-8 hours a day of sleep. Some people nap as a way to deal with sleepiness. Though naps may provide a short-term boost in alertness, napping doesn’t provide all of the benefits of night-time sleep. If you’re worried about whether you’re getting enough sleep, you can keep a sleep diary for a couple of weeks; write down how much you sleep each night, how alert you feel in the morning, and how sleepy you feel during the day. Then you can start figuring out what needs to be improved.

So How Do You Improve Your Sleep?

Sleep hygiene is a term that describes a variety of different practices that are necessary to have quality nighttime sleep and full daytime alertness. Sleep hygiene measures include such things as: developing a regular sleep and wake pattern; avoiding stimulants; exercise; and your sleep environment. For further details on sleep hygiene, click here  https://sleep foundation.org/ask-the-expert/sleep-hygiene

If your sleep hygiene is good and you still can’t sleep, then explore other reasons for what’s keeping you awake, like anxieties or fears. If your sleeplessness is based on emotional roots, these obviously must be addressed. It’s all worth the effort in the end!

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