Go to bed in a relaxed state of mind, forgetting the events of the day and simply focus on sleeping. Recent research reveals that lack of sleep can have serious consequences on your health like:
- weakened immune system – you get colds/infections easily
- chronic health issues
- depression; diabetes; high blood pressure; weight gain; memory issues to name a few.
Health professionals agree that physical exercise for example, a brisk walk, a bike ride, yoga, pilates, a warm bath or shower before bed are all activities that help to relax your mind. As you lay in bed find a comfortable position on your back and practice breathing deeply. Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Repeat this process until your body melts into your mattress into a deep sleep.
Some of the many benefits of sleep are:
- Sleep enables your muscles to recover and heal from the toils of daily life
- sleep helps to maintain a healthy body weight and mental clarity
- sleep is a fundamental component in maintaining every aspect of good health.
- You need to sleep in order for your body to function properly.
When your body does not get enough sleep your health will eventually be compromised and problems will develop within your body. You will become irritable, impatient, tired and basically be cranky.
It is reported that fifty to seventy million Americans have difficulties with sleep on a nightly basis. Consequently, lack of sleep can be the primary cause for many chronic health issues such as chronic insomnia, one of the most common sleep disorders.
The National Sleep Foundation wrote that most adults need between 7 – 9 hours sleep to function properly. Click here to read more
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention states:
“Insufficient Sleep Is a Public Health Problem”
“Sleep is increasingly recognized as important to public health, with sleep insufficiency linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors.1 Unintentionally falling asleep, nodding off while driving, and having difficulty performing daily tasks because of sleepiness all may contribute to these hazardous outcomes. Persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity.1 Sleep insufficiency may be caused by broad scale societal factors such as round-the-clock access to technology and work schedules, but sleep disorders such as insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea also play an important role.1 An estimated 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder1. Notably, snoring is a major indicator of obstructive sleep apnea”.
With this in mind, we should take time to focus on our own health and make every effort to ensure we get enough sleep. If you want to enjoy living well, maintaining good health plays an extremely important role in your life.
Also, there might be underlying reasons why you are unable to sleep. Take this opportunity during Sleep Awareness Week to address and identify these reasons. When you are able to identify issues that’s affecting your body in the early stages it is easier to manage when you know what you are dealing with.
If on the other hand you do not pay attention to unusual signs and symptoms happening within your body you are setting yourself up for increased health problems later on.
Look at the big picture and pay attention to your body’s health. Everyone may not require the recommended hours of sleep suggested by the National Sleep Foundation. It all depends on how well your body feels and functions on the hours of sleep that makes you feel rested and alert.