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How important is your SLEEP??

Sleep…YIKES!!

Many people suffer from sleeping problems and that could be attributed to many different causes such as stress, hormone imbalances, bathroom breaks, etc. Whether or not you’re a believer of a good night’s sleep, here are some benefits you could be missing out if you are lacking in that department.

Well rested, undisturbed sleep makes you feel better, can benefit your heart, brain, body weight, and more. The wide arrays of benefits are amazing! It leads to an increase in performance both physically and mentally. Cognitive abilities such as memory, mental clarity, and alertness are some of the many benefits of a great quality of sleep. While lacking sleep over time can lead to unnecessary weight gain, obesity, lethargy, injury, and even overtraining (if you are associated with sport related activities).

Harvard did a study and they noticed that improved sleep causes an increase in your brain’s creativity. On the flip side, lack of sleep in children was associated with ADD and ADHD. Lack of sleep in children due to sleep apnea, or other types of sleeping problems caused them to have developmental problems learning in school causing them to have worse grades.

Since your brain controls the body and it needs rest at times, a well-rested brain can help with curbing inflammation which can be linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Quality of sleep can also help with neurological problems such as depression. Sleep helps improve mood, decrease anxiety as it gives your brain some rest from your daily activities.  Also, those who get less than six hours of sleep at night have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins (C-reactive protein) than those who don’t.

As you can see, a well-rested sleep can help improve the quality of life especially if you’re stressed out, have health problems, or just in need of relaxation.

How to get better sleep?

There are different techniques that you can use to improve your quality of sleep. Techniques such as stay away from caffeinated beverages when you close to bed time, try to relax your mind by writing things down at the end of the night that are stressing you out, take a relaxing bath right before bed to unwind for the day, meditation and breathing techniques to help ease the mind, try shutting off the light and avoid falling asleep with the television on. The light from the television can through off your sleeping patterns as it affects the production of the hormone, melatonin.