Getting Enough Sleep?

Sleep is something most of us don't feel like we ever get enough of. Just how much sleep do we need, how important is it, and how do we get an even better nights rest? 

Six to eight hours of sleep is optimal for most people. Getting too much or too little can affect your health in negative ways. 

Studies show that getting enough sleep has many benefits to your health and helps you achieve your fitness goals.

The Wonderful Benefits of Sleep
1.) It strengthens your immune system. We've all heard it said to "get rest", when we are sick. However, it actually can prevent you from getting sick.
2.) Scientists are finding that gettting enough zzz decelerates tumor growth.
3.) Sleep improves your memory. Studies show people who sleep after learning a new task actually do better when they are later tested on what they learned.
4.) Keeps your metabolism running at its peak and even can help you aid in keeping weight off. 
5.) Sleep helps keep your hormones in check, which helps to slow down the aging process. 
6.) Sleep will help to improve your cardiovascular health. 
7.) It improves your mood. Studies show that people who are sleep deprived suffer from depression more than those who get enough sleep. 

Optimal sleep is important. If you toss and turn at night or simply get up to use the bathroom, you are disrupting your good-nights rest.

Tips For a Good Nights Sleep

1.) Get to bed early. Your adrenal glands i.e. stress regulators, do the most recharging the hours prior to 12am. 
2.) Keep your bed for sleeping only. Don't use your bed for watching t.v. or fall asleep to the t.v.
3.) Take an epsom salt bath. The magnesium helps to relax tense muscles and helps you get a better nights sleep. 
4.) Avoid caffeine altogether or at least limit it to the morning.
5.) Avoid alcohol. It keeps your body from entering the deeper stages of sleep and can wake you up in the middle of the night.
6.) Go to bed the same time every night. Your body will get into a rhythm.
7.) Avoid drinking fluids before bed. 
8.) Try to sleep in a pitch black room or use an eye mask. Even the smallest bit of light affects your bodies ability to produce melatonin and serotonin. Blocking out the light when you sleep can greatly improve your health.

Sleep is vital to our bodies repairing the damage we do to it throughout the day. Plan to get into bed early tonight!

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