Saturday, October 3, 2009

Good Night, Sleep Tight

The Z's are extremely beneficial to overall health and well-being, why not take full advantage of this easy and cheap antidote, to feel better and look better.? We all love it, and knowing that scientific studies show the importance of sleeping, is a good excuse to get the, at least, minimum requirement. People that sleep less than 7 hours increase the risks of developing future diseases. Sleeping helps us to have clearer thoughts, have better attitudes, and it reduces stress. Sleep deprivation can cause, fatigue, weight gain and clumsiness.

Here are 10 health benefits:
  1. Keeps your heart healthy
  2. Prevents cancer
  3. Reduces stress
  4. Makes you more alert
  5. Bolsters your memory
  6. Lose weight
  7. Makes you more alert
  8. Makes you smarter
  9. Reduces risk of depression
  10. Helps body make repairs
Age plays a major role on hours needed for the benefits to work. For example, newborns need at least 12 hours, children ages of 2-6 need about 11, kids ages 10 and above should sleep about 10 and adults should get no less than 8. If naps are in your schedule, that's great too.

Tips to get a good night sleep are, eating dinner early, a mattress that works for you, a dark room, same sleeping routine every night. Alcohol, caffeine and fatty foods before going to bed, can interfere with your sleeping habits, also going to sleep when you are not tired and even watching the clock, may cause stress.

Simple solution, schedule your sleeping time and be conscious about how important the Z's are. Being a happy and healthy individual makes you live longer.


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