They Key to a Healthy & Fulfilling Life? A Good Night’s Sleep
Submitted by natasha on Wed, 2012-04-04 14:30
Most people are aware of the long-term health concerns associated with a lack of sleep. Researchers have gone so far as to question whether sleep deprivation will be this generation’s tobacco in terms of serious health conditions. A recent Huffington Post article highlights many of these health problems along with revealing some of the foremost benefits of consistent quality sleep.
They contend that physical attractiveness is a key indicator of adequate sleep. A research study asked a group of people to rate the physical attractiveness of a number of subjects. Those that were sleep deprived scored lower in all categories of physical beauty. “Sleep is a cheap and effective beauty treatment, both acutely and in the long-term,” says lead researcher John Axelsson.
Sleep deprivation is also a proximate cause of a number of related health problems. A lack of sleep leads to an increased appetite, causing people to consume roughly 500 more calories per day, if all else is equal. Sleep loss also results in a lack of energy for physical activities and can lead to a decreased sex drive. These problems can culminate in associated issues like obesity, heart disease, strokes and diabetes.
To remedy these issues, it is most important to get what is called ‘deep sleep’. This interesting sleep stage is discussed in an article from Psychology Today. The authors write that human growth hormone is released during this sleep stage and only this stage. Aside from being essential for muscle regeneration, human growth hormone secretions during sleep lead to increased energy and decreased stress while limiting the effects of ageing.
‘Deep sleep’ occurs during the first stage of sleep, which is usually from 11:pm - 2:00 am. Traditional Chinese medicine advocates going to bed before 9:00 pm to achieve maximum health benefits from your sleep. In addition to releasing growth hormones, going to bed early helps to rejuvenate your liver and leave you in a positive mood the following day.
Achieving nightly ‘deep sleep’ can lead to drastic improvements in your professional life. People who get a consistent quality sleep make faster and more intelligent decisions during mentally exhausting exercises, can memorize and relay information at a higher rate and are more organized. Limiting stress and mood swings, through ‘deep sleep’, can also pay dividends at work, as a positive and enjoyable work environment is paramount to success.
It is evident that sleep is vital for a healthy and successful life and there are many ways to ensure you receive enough ‘deep sleep’. One simple tip is leaving 3 hours between your last meal and bedtime. This gives you enough time to completely digest and ensures your body is not spending energy on processing food while you’re trying to get to sleep. Calm relaxation like reading a book, meditating or restorative yoga is an excellent way to unwind. Avoid intense action or horror movies before bed and try to limit upsetting and stressful thoughts while trying to get to sleep.
While family, work and fun can get in the way of many of these sleep suggestions, you can always spend 30 minutes on a Spoonk mat before bed to ensure you’re body and mind are deeply relaxed and ready to achieve deep quality sleep!
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