GYF Health Tips

March 2016 – Health Tip: Get Ample Sleep

The following information was gleaned from a few different sources that I have recently discovered!  I have put together what I feel are the top ten suggestions to turning the correct amount of sleep into a habit.

A Lack of Sleep Will Lead or Contribute to Obesity and that’s not all.

Getting enough good-quality sleep is essential and will assist you in maintaining state of healthiness not to mention aging well. I believe that the two most under-rated necessities in a healthy life are water and ample sleep.

In our rush-rush and the hi-tech world that we now live in it’s a proven fact that only about 5% of our adult population gets the required 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night and that most all people living in the U.S, are walking around dehydrated.

Just imagine the drop in our cost of health care, hospital expenses and the cost of prescription medications if all we did was drink the proper amounts of water and sleep the proper amount of hours in every given day and night!

Did you ever wonder why these two concepts are not promoted enough to the general public? Healthy people are not profitable to the healthcare profession but that’s another story at another time.

As you read over the following 10 Health Benefits derived from sufficient sleep…you’ll not only be amazed but also be somewhat surprised as to other areas of your life that are also affected.

  1. Develop a good Sleep Routine. Go to bed and get up every morning at the same time each day. Developing a set routine will “train” you to fall asleep more quickly and get up more easily!
  2. Be Physically Active. It has been proven that aerobic exercise such as; walking, running or swimming provides three important sleep benefits: you’ll fall asleep faster, you’ll gain longer periods of restorative deep sleep and awaken less often during the night.
  3. You’ll be a better driver. Driving sleepy is just like driving drunk! Both are common causes of serious injuries. Sleep-deprived drivers perform like alcohol-impaired drivers. Drowsy driving is responsible for 100,000 crashes and 1,500 deaths every year, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
  4. You’ll spend less time and money at the doctor! People who score high on a “Sleepiness Scale” use 11% more Healthcare resources than their well-rested friends. Sleep problems caused by sleep apnea and insomnia cost the U.S. billions of dollars in direct medical costs every year and that’s not taking into account the cost of lost productivity!!
  5. You’re less likely to catch a cold. As you know, you catch a cold by being exposed to a virus and it has been proven that those of you getting less than 7 hours of sleep a night weakens your immune system and your odds of catching a cold will be at least 3 times greater than the person getting ample sleep.
  6. People feel less pain after a good night’s sleep. Not getting enough sleep makes people more sensitive to pain – which can lead to a terrible situation for chronic pain sufferers.
  7. Enough sleep means fewer heart problems. One large cardiovascular study found that sleeping 5 hours or less at night was associated with a 45% increased risk of heart attacks.
  8. If you go to bed and are still awake after 20 minutes; get up and read to relax. Or you will end up tossing & turning all night.
  9. If you use tobacco in any form, quit. Nicotine makes it harder to fall asleep.
  10. Improve your sleep surroundings. Remove the televisions, phones, illuminated digital clocks and use darkening blinds and shades. This will reinforce the idea to your sub-conscious that your bedroom is for sleeping.


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5 thoughts on “GYF Health Tips

  1. Les,

    This seems like some interesting information I haven’t heard before and most of us are always looking for ways to be healthier…as I am new to your site, where do you get Pink Himalayan Sea Salt? I have not heard of it before. Also, do you add the lemon to the water the day before or just add it in the morning and leave it in the rest of the day? Thank you for sharing!

    ~ Andrea

  2. Hello Andrea,

    First of all, thank you for your interest in my post concerning Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. I use Pink Himalayan Sea Salt because it is said to be the very purest of all Sea Salts. Sea salt is better for you in that it does not have the Trace Minerals washed out of it in the processing & cleaning stage as does regular table salt. Also I use filtered water that’s free of virtually everything and the Pink Himalayan Sea salt helps the water to penetrate my cells in a faster way. The Pink Himalayan Sea Salt should be available at your local Organic and Natural food Store. I mix 8 and 1/2 – half grinds of the sea salt to my 2.3 liters of water each morning. Then I take one large lemon and remove all of the skin and cut the lemon into 6 pieces and place it in a large cup strainer and fill the cup with the treated water. Each morning, I use another fresh lemon, discard the day old one and of course, make new water as well. I suggest 2.3 Liters for men and 2 Liters for females – per day!

    I apologize for the delay in getting this reply to you as we were snow-shoeing and trekking in the Rockies in Colorado over Thanksgiving and we just returned!! I do appreciate your interest and I hope this info helps.

    Best Regards,
    Les Wallack

  3. I have this in the morning when I wake up before breakfast. I’ve done this for years. Whole organic squeezed lemon in water with a sprinkle of cayenne and some ground Himalayan sea salt. It’s a good pick me up in the morning! I buy most ingredients at Trader Joes.

  4. Great to hear from you and I’m glad that you are also enjoying my “Morning Cocktail”. I am preparing my next 52 Health Tips so…keep on checking out the site. Thanks Cheryl.

    Be Well,
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