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Sleep - The Vital Key to Optimal Health

Why Sleep is Very Important to our Overall Health

Sleep plays a vital role in your health and well-being throughout your life.

In fact, getting quality sleep time can help protect your mental and physical health, plus improve your quality of life!

Don't let sleep deprivation get the best of you. Find some more excuses to snuggle into your bed a little earlier in the evening or to hit the snooze button in the morning.

Your body and mind will thank you for the extra care. This newsletter will help you to find the sweet dreams that you've been looking for!

"I love sleep. My life has a tendency to fall apart while i'm awake, you know? -Ernest Hemingway

Benefits of Sleep The powers of a good night's sleep are immeasurable. Here are some benefits of sleep that you might not have previously known. Getting a good night's rest helps to improve your memory Believe it or not, your mind is surprisingly busy while you snooze. To learn something new, practice is a mandatory part of the process. However, during sleep, a process called consolidation takes place where your memories or your practice skills used throughout the day become strengthened. You will actually perform better after sleeping! Trying to learn a new language? Practice during the day and then test your knowledge after a good night's sleep!

Good to Read: Brain Boost - Improve your Memory A well-rested body can curb inflammation: Research indicates that people who get less sleep, meaning six or fewer hours a night, have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more sleep. Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Take care of your physical health by making sure not to put too much strain on your body. Hit the pillow a little earlier tonight! Healthy sleep routines can help you maintain a healthy weight

Healthy sleep routines can help you maintain a healthy weight
Good Sleeping Habits for a Healthy Weight

Losing weight isn't all about eating healthy and exercising, although those are main components! Getting a healthy amount of sleep at night helps dieters to lose more fat rather than muscle mass. Eight hours a night can also help to curb your appetite, as sleepy people are found to be hungrier. Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same part of the brain. Curb your hunger by getting more Zzzs. Sleep helps you to avoid depression Sleeping well helps you to overcome more than just fatigue. A lack of sleep not only contributes to irritability but also depression. A good night's sleep can help to reduce anxiety and increases emotional stability. Remember that you can't make up a good night's sleep! Don't excuse a long week of sleep deprivation by sleeping more on the weekends--try to find a balance! Your mental well-being needs the consistent comfort of your bed.

Tips to Help You Fall Asleep Having trouble falling asleep and don't enjoy counting sheep? Try some of these different techniques to help you get the quality sleep that your body needs. Do a 60 Minute Wind Down After a long day of work, it can be hard to just switch off and easily go to bed. Your mind is still processing everything that happened during the day and more than likely thinking ahead into tomorrow. Give your mind and body a full hour to wind down before turning in. Stop the work and try not to over-think. Instead, do something calming that you enjoy to help your brain get ready for bedtime! Take a Warm Bath or Shower Now you have an excuse to take a nice long shower! Your body temperature drops very quickly once you get out of the shower. This can often trigger a sleepy feeling because your heart rate, digestion, and other metabolic processes slow down. Use this as a way to power down your body. Hide the Clock Don't stress yourself by constantly looking over at the clock on your bedside table and thinking of how you should be asleep by now. In doing this, you're creating unnecessary anxiety for yourself. Put the clock in the drawer so you can still hear your morning alarm but don't have the urge to keep glancing over at it. This goes for your phone too! Play Calming Music Ocean, rain and other calming sounds aren't just good for helping children fall asleep, adults can benefit from them too! If you're having trouble turning off your brain to sleep, put on some relaxing music to help calm you. Even listening to guided meditations in bed can help you to relax and fall asleep naturally.

Keep a Glass of Water by your Bed

Everyone likes having a glass of water next to his or her bed to limit the inconvenience of having to get up in the middle of the night if you get thirsty. Have you ever thought of spicing up that water though? Try some of these fun water infusions!

  • For blood sugar support and digestion try: Cucumber, Strawberry, and Kiwi infused water

  • For Hydration, digestion and appetite control try: Cucumber, Lemon, and Lime infused water

  • For Immune defense, digestion and heartburn try: Lime, Orange, and Lemon infused water

For best results, combine each with 12-16 oz of water, and don't forget to let the fruit stay in the water to release its full flavour!



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