Importance of Sleep

“Sleep is the gold chain that binds health and our body together.” – Thomas Dekker

It is known that sleep has benefits yet, a lot of people don’t take advantage of sleep. On the opposite side, it is understood that a lack of sleep has detrimental effects, yet people have a hard time shifting their habits. Sleeping is when the body heals itself, so it should be easy to do, right. No, because there are too many things going on in life to incorporate a good sleep schedule. I am here to show ways you can get better sleep, and therefore heal, and live a healthier life.

Enough sleep can help you stay at a healthy weight, lower your risk for health issues, like heart disease and diabetes, reduce stress, improve your mood, and think more clearly as to not drive when you ware sleep deprived. According to the Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the estimates of crashes because of drowsy driving accounted for 72,000 accidents, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths in 2013, and these may be underestimated.

Those statistics alone should be enough to steer people in the direction of more high-quality sleep. Still, some people won’t be able to get enough sleep, because of life happenings or because of medical issues. The top reasons making it harder for you to sleep, including stress, anxiety, pain, certain health conditions, some medicines, caffeine, alcohol, or untreated sleep disorders.

One of the most common reasons people have a difficult time sleeping is because of technology. There have been numerous studies showing that blue light from televisions, phones, and computers emit blue light. Blue light is known to cause the body to produce less melatonin. Another part of the technology that is said to affect sleep is the radiation from wireless devices. Studies have shown wireless technology can wreak havoc on your sleep cycle, the amount of time it takes to get to deep sleep, and the amount of time you are in a deep sleep.

Concerning technology, here are some tips that will help you towards a better night sleep:

-avoid blue light before bed (~2-3 hours prior to going to bed)

-if you work at night, consider wearing blue-blocking glasses

-install phones apps on your phone or computer that can filter blue/green wavelength at night

-keep your phone away from you while you sleep

Other tips for a better night sleep:

-Get some sunlight during the day

-Exercise in the morning, instead of at night-time

-Spend some time outdoors every day

-Create a comfortable sleep environment

-Set a bedtime routine

-Meditate before going to bed

-Stay away from caffeine late in the day

-Limit daytime naps

-Drink your last sip of alcohol at least 2 hours prior to going to bed, and drink water to filter out alcohol

-Do not eat a big meal before bedtime, and quit smoking

-Have a notepad next to your bed so you can write down everything you have to remember so you can have more time to sleep

RECOMMENDED READING: Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body – Shawn Stevenson

RESOURCES
https://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdrowsydriving/index.html

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/blue-light-has-a-dark-side https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/mobile-phone-radiation-wrecks-your-sleep-771262.html

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