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 a 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you use tobacco in any form, quit. Nicotine makes it harder to fall asleep.
- 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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