The secret to better physical and mental health…SLEEP! Loving Support knows that sleep is not usually the first thing that comes to people’s mind but the importance of sleep is incredibly imperative. Sleep has a big impact on our overall health and well-being whether you’re a child, teenager, adult or senior. Many individuals tend to have a lack of sleep due to stress, kids, noise, pain and many other reasons.
How much sleep do we need?
Most would say we need 8 hours of sleep and 8 hours has become this magic number. The truth is that sleep necessity varies from person to person. Ways to ensure you are getting enough rest is to set a bedtime although this may seem juvenile you will find it will install discipline in your body.
What does our body do while we are sleeping?
There is an array of things that occur while one is sleeping. One thing is that our body begins to repair our tissues and encourages growth. Second, you will find that sleeping boosts our immune system, hence why rest can be the best medicine sometimes. We also find that our brains process what we have learned for the day and store memory accordingly.
What does lack of sleep inhibit?
A lack of anything is usually never good, but lack of sleep can be highly detrimental if not addressed. Lack of sleep has been linked to depression, memory loss, poor judgement and slower reaction time. There is also an increased chance of diabetes, obesity and high blood presser. With so many negative factors why would anyone choses to have lack of sleep. We have a list of tips to help other get enough sleep.
Tips for getting a good night’s rest
1 Set a bed time. Yes, Loving Support Services realizes that it seems silly for a grown person to have a bed time but this creates a routine your body will adjust to. With time, this will make it easy for your body to realize its bed time and fall asleep faster.
2 Wind down before bed (15-30 minutes). During the day people’s brain are very active. It helps to have a routine to help calm your active brain. Examples include reading a book, listening to music, meditation, or yoga.
3. Turn off your electronics and focus on your sleep.
4. If you nap during the day limit your naps to 1 nap 30 minutes or less.
5. Eat light meals before bed. When your body is full digestion is slower when lying down and can keep you up in the night.
6. After dinner, cut back on liquids. This reduces middle of the night wake ups and bathroom breaks.
Remember it takes the average person 20-30 minutes to fall asleep. If you’re not asleep by that time don’t lie in bed frustrated. Get up and try a winding down activity for around 15-20 minutes then try again. Lying in bed frustrated could lead to tossing and turning all night and sleepless nights. We hope these tips help. Have a good night. Come back next month for our next topic.