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Why Sleeping Is So Important For Your Health

Why Sleeping Is So Important For Your Health

Why is sleep so important, you might ask yourself? Sleep is very crucial to the entirety of our bodies, minds, and physical well-being. Sleep is the time where our bodies catch up on repairing internal organs such as our hearts and major arteries. When people lack sleep or do not get enough sleep, they could be causing their body some unexpected stress, mood swings, anxiety and irritability issues. Here are some great health benefits to getting enough sleep.

Sleep Is Important For Your Body And Brain Function

Studies show that a good night’s sleep improves learning. Whether you’re learning math, how to play the piano, how to perfect your golf swing, or how to drive a car, sleep helps enhance your learning and problem-solving skills. Sleep also helps you pay attention, make decisions, and be creative. If you’re not getting enough sleep it may lead to poor decision-making and mood swings. Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior.

The average adult needs anywhere from 5-8 hours of sleep. Sleeping enough hours gives your body full optimization of healing to happen. The best time to allow yourself to rest would be between 9 pm and 5 am because that is when liver is working the hardest to regulate the composition of blood and rid the body of toxins in between those hours. Some of the big downfalls to not getting enough sleep leads to sleep deprivation, heart disease, kidney disease, elevated blood pressure, diabetes, hypertension and stroke.

Sleeping On Left Side VS Right Side

According to Ayurvedic medicine, sleeping on your left side allows your body to better filter lymph fluid and waste via the lymph nodes as the left side of our body is the dominant lymphatic side…. In contrast, sleeping on your right side can decrease the lymphatic system’s efficiency. Sleeping on your left side may improve digestion, heart function, lymphatic function, and may reduce back pain.

Tips To Improve Sleep Habits:

  • Go to bed and set a routine. Get up at the same time each day and go to bed at the same time.
  • Try to keep the same sleep schedule on weekends. If you miss a couple of hours of sleep it can disrupt your body clock’s sleep–wake rhythm.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water through out the day. Also drink a glass of water at bed time to help aid in bodies repair and healing.
  • Make sure you do not go to bed right after a meal. Wait at least two hours before you lay down because your body will need to properly digest.
  • Do not consume caffeine as it is a stimulant. The effects of caffeine can last as long as 8 hours. So, a cup of coffee later in the day could throw off you internal clock.
  • Make sure to be physically active in the day
  • Set a time to be quiet and start to relax at that time.
  • Take a hot bubble bath and drop some essential oils into the water (lavender is very calming).

Sources:

“This Is Why You Should Sleep on Your Left Side (Backed by Science).” 13 Feb. 2017. Lifehack. N.p., n.d. Web.

“National Institutes of Health.” 13 Feb. 2017. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web.

Healthy Living,

Jaclyn Rae

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