Health and Wellness: How to Get Good Sleep and Why it is important
Posted Apr 07 2012 9:16pm
For people who have health problems sleep is one of the most powerful weapons to help your body heal. Why? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression. The only time that your body can work on repairing itself is when you are sleeping, which means that if you are not in good health or are teetering on the edge of not being completely well - sleep should be on your agenda! Not getting enough sleep can be an issue of not making sleep a priority or having problems getting quality sleep. There are several reasons why some people have trouble sleeping. This topic is so important that I did a PRWeb News Release on this topic, which included a YouTube video. Here is the link to the PRWeb News Release:
Before I move on to some ideas on how to improve your sleep, let me reiterate that the only time your body can work on healing itself is while you are sleeping. If you are having trouble sleeping there could be several factors at play so you may have to be a little detective and use a trial and error approach to ruling out different aspects. Let's start with your sleeping environment. Is it comfortable and inviting? Is your room clean and dark at night? If not, it would be an investment in your health to make your room clean and inviting as well as dark when you are sleeping.
Another source of sleep issues can be diet related. If you are having trouble getting a sound and full night's sleep, one food item to eliminate at least for a trial period of 30 days is caffeine. While you may have been drinking caffeine for years or decades even, but some people develop issues later in life where drinking caffeine after 1:00 PM or 2:00 PM will keep them awake. You could keep a sleep diary to see if there are other factors that impact your sleep. A sleep diary would be especially helpful if you end up investigating sleep apnea.
Here is my YouTube video on Tips for a Good Night's Sleep:
If you are going to do a sleep diary be sure to include what you ate that day and where as well as your bedtime and waking time coupled with any notes on how you felt when you woke up, etc. I would suggest that you include any environmental changes, trips, etc.
Another factor that can impede a good night's sleep is nutritional deficiencies. You'll have to find a good integrative physician to explore that topic. No matter what you do, if you are not getting enough quality sleep each night - you are putting yourself at increased health risks or at the very least not allowing your body to do the work necessary to heal itself! If you have any questions on how to improve your sleep, check out the above video, which is fairly detailed! Let me know if you have any questions or comments! And have a good sleep tonight!