Feeling unhealthy? Sleep patterns may be to blame

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Sleeping is significant to our daily lives because getting enough quality sleep can help to protect not only our physical health, but our mental health, quality of life and safety.  Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to maintain good health for the duration of our lives.  

According to the Alaska Sleep Clinic’s website, bad sleeping habits include,  eating before bed,  taking in any amount of nicotine, alcohol or caffeine before bed, using electronics in bed, hitting the snooze button, having a warm bedroom temperature and having an irregular sleep schedule.  

These habits combined with not receiving at least eight hours of sleep each night, can result in drastic health complications.  These many health problems include obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension, immune function issues and the well-known common cold, states the ‘Healthy Sleep’ website by Harvard University.  

“Many of the costs of poor sleep go unnoticed. Medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease develop over long periods of time and result from a number of factors such as genetics, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise. Insufficient sleep has also been linked to these and other health problems, and is considered an important risk factor,” says Harvard University’s website.

“Although scientists have just begun to identify the connections between insufficient sleep and disease, most experts have concluded that getting enough high-quality sleep may be as important to health and well-being as nutrition and exercise.”

Some rather easy and painless ways to kickstart your better and more fulfilling sleep schedule would be to start going to sleep at the same time each night, limiting toxins before bedtime such as caffeine, adding a little comfort and relaxation to your bedroom, putting electronics away prior to bedtime, start only sleeping when you’re tired, use natural daylight as your advantage to produce our body’s sleep inducing hormone melatonin, cut naps out of the picture, don’t eat any heavy meals before bed, limit fluids before bed, create a timely exercise schedule and avoid any medical interventions attempting to assist sleeping, according to Active Beat’s website.

Making an attempt to follow some or most of these tips for better sleeping and avoiding bad sleeping habits can result in a much more happy and healthy life.  For more tips and assistance on sleeping go to one of the websites written above or, of course, talk to a doctor about what is best for you and your health.  


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Feeling unhealthy? Sleep patterns may be to blame