Health & Wellness

Snooze Your Way to a Healthier, Happier You

Did you know that the record for not sleeping is 19 days?

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The record holder suffered from hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech, and memory lapses. Avoid all those crazy side-effects and grab a pillow! Sleeping gives you more energy, makes you alert, and keeps you happy. With a day built around being active, from work to exercise, sleep is one thing you shouldn’t skip. When people don’t snooze during those essential nighttime hours they are more susceptible to heart disease, stroke, depression and obesity.

This can lead to a weakened immune system and harm both your physical and mental health. Plus, a poor night’s sleep can disrupt the rest of your day. Drowsiness is responsible for mood change, irritability, and anxiety and can also lead to impaired thinking and behavior. Do you know how much sleep you should be getting? The necessary amount varies from person to person, but age is an important variable when it comes to how much sleep is essential to keep you feeling your best. Adults should get between 7 to 9 hours a night, while teenagers need around 8.5 to 10 hours.

Health Benefits of Sleeping

  • Improves your memory
  • Longer life expectancy
  • Lessen inflammation
  • Increase/spark creativity
  • Improve physical/athletic performance
  • Sharpen attention
  • Help maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce/avoid accidents
  • Decrease anxiety and depression

Tips for a Good Nights Rest

  • Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening
  • Avoid a night cap: alcohol disrupts and decreases deep sleep
  • Do some yoga to steady your breath and reduce muscle tension
  • Avoid technology before bed
  • Set an alarm to go off when it is time to go to bed
  • Keep your bedroom dark, hide electronics
  • Lower the temperature in your room, under 70 degrees
  • Keep it quiet, use earplugs to avoid unexpected noises in the middle of the night
  • Relax your mind, count backwards from 300
  • Try going to bed early, set a bedtime and stick to it

Don’t sacrifice your sleep, embrace the night and get to bed on time.

 

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