Always Tired?: Why Adequate Sleep Is So Important
Hustle and bustle, fast-paced, exhausting. These are words that tend to describe our busy society. Working long hours and spreading ourselves too thin has left many of us sleep deprived and fatigued. We are turning to ambien and other sleep aids and sedatives to desperately get rest that will restore our energy.
Few people can get through the day anymore without a quick pick-me-up in the form of coffee, tea, or cola. Caffeine being a central nervous system stimulant is a common cause of insomnia.
Too little sleep can lead to chronic fatigue which leads to an increase in irritability which leads to exhaustion which could spiral into depression. Whew! We definitely don’t want that to happen.
Here are a few ways that adequate sleep can help us feel our best:
- Strengthens our immune system, helping to protect us from disease
- Aids in the healing of injuries, infections, and stress and emotional traumas
- Allows the body to renew itself
- Can add years to our lives. Studies show that people who regularly sleep at least 8 hours each night have lower death rates than those who average less sleep.
Proper rest is extremely important as we try to keep up with the demands of our fast paced society. Here are some tips to get better sleep:
- Be sure to take frequent breaks during the workday. Walk around for a few minutes, get a drink of water, take a few deep breaths. This applies even if you work at home.
- Get in 30 to 60 minutes of active exercise a day. Exercise relieves nervous tension, restores energy, and helps combat depression. Try to workout early in the morning or late in the afternoon but no later than 3 hours before bedtime.
- Fill your mind with gratitude and thanksgiving. It is said that a grateful mind and a clear conscience are pillows to sleep on.
Skimping on sleep may seem harmless but in the long run it can be detrimental. Get good sleep.
Your body will thank you for it.
How many hours of sleep do you usually get? Leave your comment below.
Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse on a personal journey to get fit and live healthier while encouraging other women to do the same. She is also a total wellness advocate and enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?