What if there was something you could do tonight to feel better tomorrow?
What if this also helped you lose weight, lower your blood pressure and improve your relationships?
And what if it didn’t require a visit to your doctor, medication, or any physical effort?
Would you do it?
This “miracle cure” is A Good Night’s Sleep
… 6+ hours of continuous, wonderful sleep!
Sound sleep is as necessary a part of a healthy lifestyle as eating right and exercise. Unfortunately, many people regard sleep as time that could be better spent doing other things. As a result, many adults go without enough sleep.
Sleep deficits can develop into serious health problems, such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and cardiac issues. Not getting enough sleep can also affect our ability to concentrate and make good decisions. Sleep deprivation has been known to increase the risk of vehicular accidents (think, Exxon Valdez and Space Shuttle Challenger).
Are you getting enough sleep?
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Did you know that the average adult needs between 6 and 8 hours of sleep a night? What is so darn important about sleep that we need so much of it?
The act of sleeping is restorative. It gives our bodies and minds the opportunity to recover from the day’s events and activities. If you are not getting enough sleep then your mind and body are not prepared to face the day ahead. You know how you feel when you haven’t had enough sleep … this is our body’s way of letting us know that our gas tank is running on empty.
A recent study conducted by the University of Rochester found that as you are sleeping your brain is playing the role of mental janitor, clearing out all the waste material and mental junk that has accumulated as a result of your daily activities. And when there is less sleep, or our sleep is interrupted, our cleaning system breaks down or just does not function as well. There’s also scientific evidence that cognitive decline may occur in brains that do not get sufficient sleep.
Unlike missing a meal and eating more to fill up at the next meal, you can’t make up sleep. Your sleep is not like your cell phone plan – there are no rollover minutes that apply to next week. Last night was your opportunity to recover from yesterday and prepare for today. You can’t make up for lost sleep or sleep two extra hours tonight for that late night you are going to have next Tuesday. You can recover from intermittent disrupted sleep but long-term chronic disrupted sleep will take a physical and mental toll on you.
You are no doubt aware that your ability to perform is crucial to your own safety, your partner’s and the safety of the public. Problems with reaction time, flexible thinking, and strategic planning can endanger everyone’s lives. People who have been awake for 20 continuous hours demonstrate the performance impairment of an individual with a 0.08 BAC. Police officers would never consider coming to work legally intoxicated, but many show up with only a few hours of sleep a night, not realizing the risk they are taking.
Only you can make sleep an important health priority. It’s just like eating right, drinking water, exercising and following medical advice. If you are not getting enough sleep try going to bed a half-hour earlier and getting up a half-hour later. Strategic naps are also a good way to address sleep loss.
Check out this (humorous) list of excellent tips you can use to get a good night’s sleep.
For more information about healthy sleep and sleep disorders, visit the National Sleep Foundation
BSS psychologists may be able to help you achieve the sleep you need.
Please call 213-252-3090 for more information.