The quality of our sleep plays a big role in our physical and mental health.
The quality of our sleep plays a big role in our physical and mental health. Sleep is the body’s opportunity for repair and grow tissues, restore energy, release hormones, clear waste from tissues, consolidate new memories and organize long-term memories.
Insufficient sleep has more serious repercussions than feeling tired and being unproductive. Studies have shown that sleep deficit is associated with increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, depression and anxiety disorders, decreased immune function and slowed reaction time.
There are many reasons for a bad night’s sleep. Common causes are:
Tips for getting a good night’s sleep:
Seek professional help if you continue having problems falling asleep.
For more information
1. Your guide to healthy sleep: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/sleep/healthy_sleep.pdf
2. National Sleep Foundation: http://sleepfoundation.org/
— By Mohga Elabbadi, PhD, ND, resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health
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