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The Value of a Good Night Sleep

A good night sleep can leave us feeling refreshed and ready to start the day, but the importance of sleep for our body goes beyond this.

It is vital for our overall health and general well being, so much so that people who get less than 6 or 7 hours of sleep each night increase their risk of developing serious health issues.

Why you need a good nights sleep:

1 - A good night sleep keeps your heart healthy.

It is recommended that adults get between 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Research shows that strokes and heart attacks are more common during the early hours of the morning due to the way sleep interacts with the blood vessels.

2 - Sleep reduces stress:

Lack of sleep causes the body to go into a state of stress resulting in increased blood pressure and the production of stress hormones. High blood pressure increases the risks of heart attacks and strokes.

3 - A good night sleep helps to make us more alert:

A good night sleep leaves us feeling refreshed and energised, but it also increases our chance of having another good nights sleep as we are energetic enough to be active during the daylight, which makes us sleep better at night.

4 - Sleep may aid in weight loss:

People who get less than 7 hours sleep per night are more likely to be overweight. Researches believe a lack of sleep impacts the balance of hormones ghrelin and leptin, important for the regulation of appetite, have been found to be disrupted by lack of sleep.

5- Sleep helps the body make repairs:

Sleep is a time for your body to repair damage caused by stress, ultraviolet rays and other harmful exposures. Your cells produce more protein while you are sleeping. These protein molecules form the building blocks for cells, allowing them to repair damage.

Tips on getting a good nights sleep:

1 - Get things off your mind:

If you're worried about something it can affect your quality of sleep, so talk to someone to get things off your chest or keep a pen and paper next to your bed so you can write down any ideas you may get in the middle of the night.

2 - Reduce noise

Make sure your room is quiet. TV and radio noise can affect the quality of your sleep when your brain is in the early stages of sleep. If you can't eliminate street noise, try masking it with a fan as 'white noise' provides a soothing sound.

3 - Eating dinner at least 2-3 hours before bed.

Your body should be resting when your asleep, not trying to digest food.

4 - Good ventilation

Ensure your room is well ventilated so that there is plenty of oxygen in the room. This may be achieved opening a window; however this may not be possible in Winter, so we suggest the use of a Vornado Air Circulator as a solution to swiftly move stagnant air.

Last modified on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 15:16

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