For those of you who are not morning persons and may not follow the best sleeping patterns, springing forward and losing an hour on Sunday sounds dreadful. Some of you may already have a hard time waking up, and now waking up in darkness makes that effort twice as hard. Sleep is something that many individuals struggle with night after night. Whether you suffer from insomnia, toss and turn all night, or simply don’t feel well-rested most days, there is no doubt that something must be done to get your sleeping pattern in order; which is why a 2-part sleep series is necessary especially being that it is National Sleep Awareness Week.
Some have argued that sleep is the most important ingredient to a healthy lifestyle; while we know that nutrition and exercise are also necessary for optimal health. There is no doubt that good sleep not only helps us focus during our daily tasks, but it also helps in muscle recovery, weight loss, mood stabilization and many other elements needed for an overall healthy lifestyle. I know to some, going to sleep at an appropriate time (2am is not normal), and waking up early on a daily basis sounds downright impossible. However, whether you need to cut short your hours of TV, put the kids to bed early, or leave the office work until tomorrow, getting into a healthy sleep pattern is possible and the time to revamp your sleep could not come at a better opportunity than Daylight Savings Time (March 9th, 2014).
There are a few things that researchers have learned over the year about sleep. The Huffington Post recently published 11 of these findings, a few of which I’d like to share with you.
Not sleeping makes you look tired. You may think adding a few extra dabs of eye cream may fix your sleepless night, but a study in the journal Sleep found that sleep-deprived faces had more wrinkles, eye-swelling, eyelids drooping, and other tired characteristics than those who had slept a full eight hours.
Nearly half of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep! According to a Gallup report, nearly 40 percent of Americans are getting fewer than 7 hours of sleep a night. The recommended sleep for adults is 7 to 9 hours of good rest a night.
Following a daily routine is good for sleep. A study in the Journal of Gerontology: Series B found that following a consistent routine daily, including when you eat, start work, and go outside, is linked with better sleep.
Insomnia raises your risk for disease. Aside from feeling incredibly tired and needed loads of caffeine to get you through your day, suffering from insomnia can also lead to a wide array of health problems including anxiety, depression, heart attack, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis according to Journal of Sleep Research.
Your consumption of bad food increases. According to a study conducted at the University of California, Berkley, a sleep-deprived brain tends to crave unhealthy foods over healthy foods and the part of the brain that controls complex decision making was impaired.
While there is much more to sleep, than simply shutting off the TV and closing your eyes, gathering the most information on sleep and how we can change our patterns will no doubt improve your health. I too once thought that I was getting by just fine with 5 hours of sleep, but since I’ve actually started taking steps towards better rest, I can see how it has improved my health. I don’t need 4 cups of coffee to get through the day anymore and my body isn’t as achy after long workouts. If you want to start improving your sleeping patterns this weekend when you reset your clock, add Sleep EZE™ to your nightly routine. Next week, I’ll discuss things you should stop doing to improve your sleep! Stay tuned!
Don’t forget to Spring Forward this Sunday Morning! Good sleep is the key!
For more on National Sleep Awareness Week, visithttp://sleepfoundation.org/.
Youngevity Marketing Team