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Enjoy that extra hour of sleep

Posted by Vicki on 11/12/2013


Sleep is a time for your body to restore itself. While you sleep, your body temperature drops slightly and you are able to repair injured tissues of your body. You also allow your mind to rest and regain the ability to focus. If you aren’t able to sleep deeply enough, or for enough hours in a row, you will suffer both physically and mentally. Taking sleeping aides for too long can reduce your ability to get into the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep that allows you to get the mental rest needed. Therefore, prolonged use of sleep aides is not good for you.

Lack of sleep can cause you to have all kinds of physical and mental difficulties. Not sleeping well can reduce your body’s ability to heal or to fight viral infections. It can impact your memory and cause you to be in a bad mood. Additionally, it has been shown to reduce your ability to process glucose and lead to weight gain.

Sleep disorders have also been tied to poor heart health. Here are a few tips to help you get a good
nights rest:

  1. A dark room is best as it helps you move through
    the lighter stages of each sleep cycle.
  2. Lower room temperatures are more comfortable and
    help you sleep more soundly.
  3. Don’t drink Caffeine after 2 pm, or alcohol
    within 3 hours of bedtime.
  4. Don’t go to bed hungry or stuffed. Hunger
    distracts your ability to sleep and feeling stuffed can lead to acid reflux.
  5. Lose the electronics! Don’t let the computer,
    cell phone, or TV distract your when you are trying to sleep.
  6. Keep a quiet environment.
  7. Create a sleep schedule and routine. Try to go
    to bed and get up about the same time every day, even weekends.
  8. Give pets their own bed. Movements from animals
    in the night can disrupt sleep.
  9. A “medium” mattress surface is best. With firm enough
    support for the spine, but not so firm it causes pressure.
  10. Sleep posture is important. Ensure that your
    spine is properly supported and aligned for maximum comfort and pressure

Information used from Relax the Back.