Recharging Your Batteries

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”

Woman Sleeping (Stephanie Carter/ Photodisk)

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:

  1. Drinking a small cup of warm milk
  2. light bedtime reading 
  3. Only nap for 25-30 minutes during the day. Any later and your body thinks it is starting a new sleep cycle. 
  4. yoga 
  5. Sex 
  6. 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.
  7. Avoid technological gadgets from a specific time before you go to sleep (BE STRICT WITH THIS)
  8. 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 

http://www.restonic.com or http://www.restonic.co.za 

AlarmClocks1        Sleep Image

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