Many of us have heard that we aren't getting enough sleep. This is very true. Getting at least seven hours of sleep a night is very important. It is not just to feel more refreshed the next morning. There are many more health factors involved here that should discussed. Getting enough sleep is another healthy habit that all of us could pick up.
Seven hours of sleep a night can help you with the following:
Sharpen your memory
Reduce your stress
Help you live longer
Reduce bad food cravings
Help to maintain a healthy weight
Now, you're probably saying to yourself, "Well, I try to sleep more, but I have trouble sleeping sometimes no matter what I do". Well, the list below is for you.
The following are the ways to get a better night's sleep:
Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule including weekends
Try reading a book or listening to soothing music at bedtime
Check your pillows and mattress - 10 years is about the life expectancy of a mattress
Use your bed only for sleep and sex to strengthen the association between bed and sleep
Try to create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool
Close down the kitchen 3 hours before bedtime - eating and drinking before sleeping can cause sleep disruptions
Get regular exercise, but do so hours before bedtime
Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine close to bedtime
If you ask me, I say that sleep is underrated. As I've gotten older sleep has become one of my best friends. I feel so much better after a good night's sleep. Headaches, soreness, stress and just being tired magically vanish after some good sleep. Luckily, I don't have trouble sleeping and I do regularly get at least seven hours of sleep a night. However, many people don't and they should start to put sleep as a higher priority. And if you are having sleep problems, ask your doctor how you can improve your sleeping.
The subject matter of sleep fascinates me. So much so that I indulge in it excessively. It is one of the many luxuries of my life. I welcome it with open arms and reckless abandon. In return, I'm often rewarded with amazement and sometimes with enlightenment! I know I'm one of the lucky few. I even found God in my sleep! It is through sleeping that I filled life with more possibilities than I can imagined. Technically, it is through that part of sleep where scientists termed it REM (Rapid … more
The third greatest thing in life (as with daily routine). It is re-vitalizing, healing and a significant part of life. Sleep is very important and gives the brain time to reboot itself from the stresses of life. I like dreaming too.... :)
I'm an entrepreneur - which to me means that I can do a "grandpa nap" everyday if I feel like it. It fits perfect in my routine and i get around 8 or 9 hours a day. I do a lot of "brain work" which means it's essential for me to cope out both with sleep but also with meditation and exercise. It's essential to my wellbeing and my health
Best thing of my life! It's the place where all things are possible, oops, by that I mean dream! In any case, I've a long term affair with sleep. Can go without food, can go without a job & can certainly go without a man [;-)]! Sleep? No way I can go without it!!!
What's the worst part of sleeping??? Waking up! Those few precious moments where your body is telling you to get up but your brain is saying, "No, turn over and go back to sleep!" can either be the best or worst part of the day in my opinion.
I hadn't heard of the term "microsleep" before until I ran across it here but it says that an episode can last for a fraction of a second or up to 30 seconds. So the next time I feel like I'm dozing off in class, maybe I am!
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Sleep is a naturally recurring state of relatively suspended sensory and motor activity, characterized by total or partial unconsciousness and the inactivity of nearly all voluntary muscles. Sleep is a heightened anabolic state, accentuating the growth and rejuvenation of the immune, nervous, skeletal and muscular systems. It is observed in all mammals, all birds, and many reptiles, amphibians, and fish. In humans, other mammals, and a substantial majority of other animals that have been studied (such as some species of fish, birds, ants, and fruit flies, some form of sleep may be essential for survival.
The purposes and mechanisms of sleep are only partially clear and are the subject of intense research.