11 Simple Steps for a Healthier and Happier ’11: Step 11

 

1/11/11 SLEEP

making time to rest

What sounds like it should be the easiest is, for me, and many others, one of the hardest things to do right for our health.  Although the exact details of how it works remain unknown, it is clear that we all need sleep, or our health will suffer.  In fact, we can survive longer without food than we can without sleep.  For most adults, that’s seven to nine hours of slumber, with health implications for both too few and too many hours.

Getting the right amount of sleep:

  • Allows your brain to take care of necessary biological, chemical and mental maintenance,
  • Boosts your immune system,
  • Improves your ability to manage stress (and reduces stress-related disorders),
  • Enhances your mood and energy level,
  • Improves your ability to do physical work,
  • Prevents pre-mature aging through the release of growth hormones during deep sleep (for children key to healthy growth),
  • Reduces growth rate of tumors,
  • Supports a healthy weight, and
  • Boosts brain and memory function.

I’m starting to feel a little droopy, but if you’re interested in knowing more about sleep, reading up on current research and various sleep issues, as well as getting some tips on how to get a good night’s rest, check out all the information available at the Sleep Foundation.

In the meantime, let me leave you with a lullaby as I wish you a very Good Night!

Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.

– Thomas Dekker



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