Monday, December 12, 2011

Snoozing for your Health

More than ever, researchers are discovering the importance of sleep. Sleep deprivation negatively affects our decision making and our mood. From disease risk (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and more) to learning and memory consolidation, sleep is one key to our overall quality of life.

When we don't get enough we gain weight by putting our bodies into a chronically "stressed" state and by increasing our cravings for simple carbohydrates and our appetite in general.

On the bright side, 16% of employers are making sleep a priority by providing a place for workers to take a nap during breaks, according to the Nation Sleep Foundation's 2008 Sleep Poll.

Do you fall asleep at night in fewer than five minutes or need an alarm clock to wake you in the morning? If so, you are probably sleep deprived. Take a siesta! You'll be easier to work with and more productive!

Begin an exercise program to improve your quality of sleep. Among the many benefits, being well rested will improve your exercise performance. Many processes cycle similarly proving once again the connectedness of everything in life.

The National Sleep Foundation has great resources to help you understand how sleep is related to many disorders, and how to get a good night's rest. Visit their website to learn more and tuck into bed early tonight, especially new moms! Listen to what everyone says - sleep when your baby sleeps!

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WHAT DO YOU THINK? Tell me in a comment: what makes you sleep better or worse? Do you notice changes with seasons, stress, exercise, eating habits...? Tips that may help others get some more, or more restful sleep?

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