Sleep Your Way to A Healthier You!
AUTHORED BY: Christian Taylor
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Ever wonder why you feel so restored after a good night’s sleep? It’s because sleep is a necessary part of optimal health and one that is often overlooked. It is essential for the maintenance and repair of the neurological, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal and digestive systems. In other words, sleep is necessary for your body to be healthy!
Here are some of the benefits of getting a good night’s sleep: Helps with weight loss Assists exercise, muscle recovery & athletic performance Consolidates memory and mental clarity Improves logical and critical thinking Improves reaction time (i.e., more accurate free throws, tennis serves) Stabilizes your mood, energy levels and stress response Controls inflammation, and thus recovery time from injury Boosts immune system Increases the multiplication rate of skin cells Releases higher levels of human growth hormone (HGH) Lowers cholesterol levels Lowers blood pressure Improves sex life
How much sleep do you need to get all these benefits? The short… 6 - 10 hours!
What can Happen if we don’t get enough sleep? Read back over all of the benefits of sleep and consider the opposite. There are many diseases that are rooted in sleep deprivation.
The Most Common Diseases Associated with Sleep Deprivation: Alzheimer's Cardiovascular Diseases Diabetes Obesity Prostate Cancer Ulcerative Colitis
If you are struggling to get a good night’s sleep, there is help! Establish a regular sleep routine if possible, such as going to bed at the same time every night. Shut down electronics at least an hour before bed, including the T.V.! Try listening to a guided meditation with the aid of an app such as Headspace. The app, Beyond, is another good one. Listening to Binaural Beats at a frequency that supports deep sleep is a fantastic option. Gentle yoga is also supportive. There are many safe and effective supplements available, too. It is important to work with a knowledgable nutritionist and get a good quality supplement, that has been third party, laboratory tested.
Nutritional Support for a better night’s sleep:
Valerian herbal supplement (acts as a sedative) GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid, a neurotransmitter receptor made in the brain from glutamate and B6) -reduces anxiety 5 THP (5 Hydroxytrytophan) increases the production of serotonin Magnesium -natural muscle relaxant
Tryptophan Rich Foods (an amino acid converted to serotonin in the brain) (seafood, poultry, yogurt, nuts and seeds) Sleep Supportive Herbal Teas such as Kava (I recommend Yogi Brand or Traditional Medicinals or Organic India brands) Ashwaghanda Sleep is necessary for optimal health. Make it a priority and your body will start to feel the difference. Scroll back up and reread the benefits of sleep again, SLEEP your way to a healthier you!