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The Importance of Sleep For Good Health

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The importance of sleep for good health

We spend nearly one-third of our lives in slumber, yet little is known about the forces that drive the need to sleep. However, new studies are beginning to reveal how sleep helps to regulate our health and well-being and prevent disease.

Chronic illnesses, including depression, obesity, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, diabetes — have all been shown to be influenced by the quantity and quality of the sleep we receive each night. Sleep deprivation has also been shown to accelerate Alzheimer's brain damage

Getting quality sleep improves the functioning of the body's immune system, which can help fight off an infection, offsetting the effects of chronic stress, which can make the body more susceptible to illness. In fact, sleep is so important to our health that researchers at Harvard Medical School's Division of Sleep Medicine have called sleep the “third pillar of health”, along with a healthy diet and exercise.

The reasons that sleep are beneficial are not fully understood, but we know that while we sleep, the brain remains active and uses this physical resting time to process memories, and to purge toxins that can lead to neurological decline.

How much sleep is needed to maintain optimum health? While it varies by age, most adults should aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. So how can you improve the amount and quality of sleep you get each night? Here are a few tips for a better night's sleep:

Have a Sleep Routine

Go to bed the same time every night and waking up the same time every morning, including weekends. This will help to help to regulate your body's internal biological clock.

Reduce Light

Keeping light to a minimum is important for signaling to your brain that it's time to rest. This includes limiting screen time from cell phones and computer screen an hour or two before bed

Limit Fluids

Limit fluids couple of hours before bed. This will reduce the number of late night trips to the bathroom. In particular, limit caffeine, alcohol and stimulants which act as diuretics, increasing the need to urinate.

Watch What You Eat Before Bed

Aim for finishing your dinner 2-4 hours before bed. Having a heavy meal can cause indigestion. If you do eat later, try to have a light snack with protein such as peanut butter, yogurt or cheese and crackers.

Schedule Exercise Earlier in the Day

Exercise can be a  great sleep aide. It improves circulation, strengthens muscles, and improves alertness. However, this alertness can also make it difficult to calm your mind and fall asleep. Aim to complete your workout as early in the day as possible, no sooner than 3-4 hours before bed.

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