Hello, beautiful readers. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.
I have decided to take another hiatus (break) from my blog to finish my studies. Please, feel free to contact me with any questions. Enjoy the read!
Originally, I was going to do a sleep health article for my first-ever magazine piece, but I hit a few speed bumps and had to rewrite a new idea. CUE THE FRUSTRATION! So, I have decided to blog my original sleep health article. It has been tweaked for the WordPress format.
Definition: “A state of rest in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes are closed, the muscles are relaxed, and the mind is unconscious”
We all need a good night’s sleep to be able to recharge our batteries after a long, productive day. Adults (18 – 64) need a range of 7 to 9 hours per night and older adults/senior citizens (64 and up) need 7 to 8 hours per night. Some health consequences of sleep deprivation include decreased performance as well as alertness by 32% per night! Wow, that is shocking. Sleep deprivation also brings on increased appetite and weight gain. You have been warned… A healthy night’s sleep has more benefits than you may think.
Some experts recommend the following tips to help with sleep deprivation:
- Drinking a small cup of warm milk
- light bedtime reading
- Only nap for 25-30 minutes during the day. Any later and your body thinks it is starting a new sleep cycle.
- Purchase a new bed with pillows every 7-8 years, wash bedding often and sleep in a dark room. Light tends to interrupt proper sleep per age group.
- Avoid technological gadgets from a specific time before you go to sleep (BE STRICT WITH THIS)
- Avoid vigorous exercises
The best sleeping style/position is on your back. This allows no extra pressure on your organs and neck and you get to sleep better! A win-win situation. Not suitable for those who snore.
After all, humans are always looking for ways to upgrade themselves – Why not start with the basics? See the results for yourself.
For more information go to http://www.sleepfoundation.org