I have watched my husband for over a decade, struggle with his sleeping patterns. He is a prime culprit for Sleeping Disorders. I on the other hand can sleep at the drop of a hat, however if I don’t get enough sleep I am cranky and lately I am having a hard time getting enough. We eat good, drink our smoothies with flax and chia, drink our Green Vibrance every morning, exercise regularly and we work really hard. Really, really hard. Working full-time day jobs, managing a side business on nights and weekends, raising 2 kids and a maintaining a happy marriage, yes, we have a full plate. And I know we are not the only ones. This is, unfortunately, the norm now-a-days. And you know it, we all don’t get the amount of sleep we probably should.

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I wanted to do little more research on sleep, and the lack there of, to see what effects it can have on you through-out life. Can lack of sleep really harm you? Does it really matter?

YES! It does.

Let’s start with a simple list of how 8 or more hours of sleep a night will improve your life:

  • Improves memory
  • Makes you live longer
  • Curbs inflammation
  • Increases creativity
  • Improves physical stamina and strength
  • Improves your attention span
  • Helps maintain a healthy body weight
  • Lowers stress
  • Improves reaction time and decision making
  • Reduces the risk of depression
  • Helps fight off infection

Scientists have gone to great lengths to fully understand sleep’s benefits. In studies of humans and other animals, they have discovered that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions.

But now that we know how sleep helps us and the good it can do for us, how can lack of sleep be harmful? What can it really do to us?

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

Ok, now I know some people have a hard time falling and staying asleep. Here are a few tips that can help you a bit.

  • No TV at least 30 minutes before bed, especially high action films
  • No electronics or checking email  at least 30 minutes before bed
  • Take a relaxing bath. Add lavender essential oil to hep you relax
  • NO coffee or caffeine in the evening
  • Regular exercise helps to fall a sleep easier
  • Read a book

Let’s all take more time for ourselves and sleep. Try and sleep like a baby again.

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Do you have sleep issues? What have you done to help ease them?

 

Article Resources:
http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/benefits-of-sleep
http://www.health.com/
http://www.healthypeople.gov/

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