Regular and restful sleep is one of the cornerstones of good health. A good night’s sleep is more than restorative and refreshing. It’s as necessary as food and water for basic survival. Persistent sleep deficit can have adverse and debilitating effects on health. Chronic sleep loss can weaken your immune system, impair cognitive function and diminish physical performance. Sleep loss can interfere with hormone production and neurotransmitter release, which can result in psychological damage, and can negatively affect mood, appetite and behavior. Many of us suffer from chronic or partial sleep deprivation, as sleep is one of the things we often scrimp on while going about our sometimes overly busy and stressful lives.
While we rationalize that we can somehow catch up on missed hours of sleep, scientists say that’s a fallacy. Once the opportunity to get a good night’s sleep is gone, the sleep debt is difficult if not impossible to repay. Over time, this may result in increasingly hampered bodily function and slowed ability to concentrate. An occasional restless night is normal and almost unavoidable and may result in a frustrating and uncomfortable following day. The cumulative effect of consecutive nights of poor sleep or chronic insomnia can leave you feeling miserable and moody, unable to focus and perform and can increase your risk of accidental injury. It can also put you at risk for developing serious medical conditions including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Strategies abound for those who wish to improve their sleeping habits and optimize their sleep, and can include:
- Create a relaxing sanctuary for sleeping and appropriate bedroom activities only.
- Establish a calming bedtime routine to help you unwind before bed.
- Keep your sleep hours consistent seven days a week.
- Maintain a comfortable, quiet and tranquil bedroom atmosphere.
- Keep the temperature at an optimal 60° – 68°.
- Dim the lights to encourage the release of sleep hormones and induce the body to settle down in preparation for rest.
- Turn off or shut down electronics at least an hour before bed. Artificial light exposure disrupts the body’s natural circadian rhythm and reduces the release of the brain’s sleep regulating chemicals.
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