We live in a world where people are more and more obsessed with optimizing their health. Many people have home gyms, and those that don’t usually have a membership to their local gym. People juice, fast, and try tons of fad diets while the supplement market makes billions each year.
And yet, for all these efforts to better their health, many people still get far too little sleep each night. And the truth is, no matter how well you try to eat or how much exercise you get, if you’re not getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night, you are not going to be as healthy as you may think.
What exactly happens when you fail to get a good night’s sleep? Let’s take a look.
Here are just some of the ways your health is negatively impacted by not getting enough shut eye:
You’re Not as Alert
Did you know that if you miss even as little as an hour and a half of sleep each night, the next day you are not as alert as you would be (or should be) had you gotten a full night of sleep? This is why so many people guzzle cups and cups of coffee. While helping you feel more alert, all of that caffeine is making you jittery and raising your blood pressure.
A lack of sleep really impairs your memory and your ability to think and process information.
Moodiness and Irritability
When you lack adequate sleep night after night, your mood takes a hit. You become far more moody and irritable, and this can negatively impact your personal and professional relationships.
Increased Risk of Car Accidents
When you are drowsy, you put yourself into a situation where you may make bad decisions or have poorer coordination and reflexes. This can increase your risk of getting into a car accident. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving accounts for thousands of crashes and fatalities each year in this country.
What happens to your health and life when you continue to not get enough sleep night after night? Nothing good! In fact, you can develop some potentially serious health problems such as:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Decreased libido
And for those who care more about their appearance than their health, a lack of sleep can make you appear older, causing fine lines, wrinkles (a lack of sleep impairs collagen production) and dark circles under your eyes.
How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep
If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, try the following simple strategies:
Take Your Sleep Seriously
Way too many people think they can tough it out. They think that burning the candle at both ends is sexy and some societal right of passage. Nope. It’s just really, really unhealthy. Take your sleeping as seriously as you do your eating and exercise habits.
Keep a Consistent Sleep Schedule
This means going to bed and waking up at the same time each night and morning, even on weekends. This gets your body into a healthy rhythm so it knows what it should be doing when.
Put Away Your Electronics
Electronic devices like TVs, cellphones and tablets emit a blue light which tells your body to WAKE UP. It is best practices to put your electronic devices away at least one hour before bed.
Help your mind and body relax by winding down before bed. Take a warm bath, stretch, meditate or listen to some music.
Over the counter sleep aids can help you get to sleep, but they tend to make you feel hungover and drowsy the next morning. Not exactly what you want. Instead, turn to natural supplements that can help.
Melatonin is what your brain produces. This chemical helps you establish healthy sleep cycles and you can take melatonin in supplement form before bed.
Another great supplement to take is ginseng. Ginseng has long been revered for its ability to relax us and calm symptoms of stress and anxiety.
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