It is easy to fall into the trap that less sleep is better. We grow up idolizing people who claim to function on a few hours sleep. There is pressure to work more hours and we rob our slumber to do so. Check your email first thing in the morning. Work on your tablet computer in bed. Keep your cellphone on the night stand so you don’t miss a work call.
The idea that sleep is wasted time is wrong. It is not just wrong but counterproductive and perhaps dangerous. For example, researchers have demonstrated its value as part of learning new skills. Recent studies have even shown that it is necessary to clear toxins from the brain.
So why continue to fight a good night’s rest? Why not make the most of those hours instead? Everyone sleeps but not everyone optimizes those hours. Improve your health and wellbeing with proper rest. If you have a hard time falling asleep then perhaps a new routine or some popular aids will help. For some a soothing sound will do the trick. Others need a mask. Some simply enjoy a natural supplement or calming tea on the way to bed. Regardless, learn more about the value of sleep for your wellbeing and choose your own prescription for better health!
Think About Sleep More Broadly
Sleep Is Cost Effective
Every living thing needs sleep. It is free. Not enough can actually cost you. An insufficient amount leads to lower productivity, health issues, and reduced overall wellbeing. If you want to be more productive and promote your overall wellbeing you need the appropriate amount of rest. Stop comparing yourself to what others say they do. Invest in yourself with appropriate rest! You are worth it!
Sleep And Chronic Disease
Chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes are epidemic around the world. The US is perhaps a leader in chronic illnesses... not a good thing. We know chronic diseases are linked to insufficient sleep. Promote your overall health and wellbeing with a good night's rest!
Help With Sleep
The sleep aid market is already over $50 billion and growing fast. If you need help, you are not alone. There are many aids currently available and more coming to market daily. Do you homework. A prescription sleeping pill may be way more than you really need. Start with less invasive approaches like a new bedtime routine. You can always add sounds, a mask, natural supplements, and more before moving into pharmaceuticals.
Sleep Thought For Your Wellbeing
The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to three researchers (Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young) for their work on the Circadian Rhythm. In simple terms, the Circadian Rhythm is our “internal clock”.
Whether we like it or not, humans are not machines that wind up and run down. Rather, we are part of a larger ecosystem and rely on our internal clocks to function properly. As the Nobel site explained it:
“There are also indications that chronic misalignment between our lifestyle and the rhythm dictated by our inner timekeeper is associated with increased risk for various diseases.”
Take advantage of this free treatment and decrease your risk of an expensive illness!
HealthCare Too Articles on Sleep
There are so many benefits from a restful night… and maybe even a nap! HealthCare Too has put together articles to help you explore the benefits of slumber and ways to achieve them. Enjoy these articles with our blessing!
Sleep Impacts Your Wellbeing Sleep matters. Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, shared a moment where she passed out at her desk and awoke …
Sleepless Americans Trying Meditation There are plenty of sleep aids out there, from warm drinks to over-the-counter to prescription medications but recent research has found …
Underappreciated Sleep As many students return to college (Emily and William), there are visions of success through sleep deprivation… a “no pain, no gain” mentality. …
In addition to our articles you may find these resources useful:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sleep and Sleep Disorders This site provides abundant information, statistics and additional resources.
- National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is a collaborative effort between the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- This WebMD site offers alternatives to medication.
- Johns Hopkins Medicine offers additional insights for natural alternatives.