Sleep and Health Benefits

sleep and health benefits

Sleep has been proven to be a crucial component to your health and well-being.  Without adequate sleep your risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes increase.

While you sleep at night, your body is hard at work repairing your body from the day’s stress, and refreshing your cardio vascular system and energizing your muscles for the day ahead.

Numerous studies have proven the relationship of sleep and health benefits, and you should be concerned with how much sleep you are getting at night.

How Much Sleep Should You Get

how much sleep do I need at nightTraditionally, experts have all agreed that the average person requires 8 hours of sleep per night. This number was based on the average time that it took a person to enter REM, or dream, sleep. This is when you are in your deepest sleep of the night.

There have been more recent studies however, that show how different people achieve deep sleep at different times throughout the night.

Due to these studies, scientists have now given an average range of sleep between 6-8 hours.

It has also been proven that the quality of your sleep is much more important than how many hours you get per night.

Tips For a Better Sleep

How can you improve your sleep? There are many different things that affect your nightly rest.

Below are a few of the most important things you can do to improve your sleep at night.

Maintain a Consistent Schedule

Having a consistent schedule will allow you to set time for the important things in your life. Your internal clock will learn your schedule and staying on the schedule will become easier and improve your health.

Don’t Go to Bed on an Empty or Full Stomach

Having or not having food in your stomach can create a situation where you will not rest properly. When your stomach is empty you trigger your hunger responses, if you go to bed on a full stomach your metabolism spikes to digest your food.

Engage in Regular Exercise

exercise for healthy sleepRegular exercise gives you energy to get through your day but also allows your body to rest at night. When you exercise you actually cause stress and trauma to the body, as well as stimulating hormone responses.

As you rest after exercise your body dedicates its attention to the repair and adaptation. Because of this your normal distractions that keep you awake no longer alert you.

Invest in a Comfortable Mattress and Pillows

Many people understand that a comfortable bed is a great thing to have. But many people understand that it can affect their health. Investing in your health is important, why would the right bed not be the same.

Set a Comfortable Temperature

temperature for sleepingStudies have shown that the ambient, or room temperature, is important to a good night’s sleep. An article on WebMd explains this. Your brain sets a different body temperature when you are sleeping that is designed to help your body heal while you rest.

The suggested range for room temperature is between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a pretty big range because many people have different base body temperatures.

You should choose a setting that allows you to feel comfortable.

In Conclusion

Sleep and health benefits for your body are studied more now than any time in the past.

You should be paying attention to the quality of sleep you are getting at night, because getting a good night’s rest can prevent many serious health risks and provide your body the energy it needs to face the daily stress of your life.

Interested in how you can recharge your body throughout the day without taking a nap? Read my article on meditation at the health benefits for you.

I hope you have enjoyed this article and welcome any comments.

Cheers to your health!



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  3. I get less than 8 hours sleep but I make sure to take naps whenever I can. On weekends I also make sure that I don’t do/bring extra work at home so I can be assured I can get a full sleep at night.

  4. I always try to get 9 or more hours of sleep every night. I can’t think clearly if I don’t have a good night’s sleep. I get really cranky in the morning too.

  5. Sleep which is interrupted also cause problem for sleep. This always happen to me. Surely nice article, I can follow some that can benefit me.

  6. Sleep is like fuel for the very next day we engaged in our life. It gave us the enough concentration and energy for us to confidently live our day. Have enough sleep is must for those who want to live their life to the fullest.

  7. I have read in an article before that you should eat three hours before going to bed. Also I used to sleep with the lights on and it takes me about an hour or so before I fall asleep, but now that I turn off the light it only takes at least 15 minutes for me to really fall asleep.

  8. Good sharing. As we know, getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.A Good night sleep also can improved learning abilities.

  9. I didn’t realize having an empty stomach could affect sleeping. I’ve heard some people say do not eat after 6pm to lose weight. I assume if you do this then by the time you sleep your stomach will be quite empty.

  10. I definitely agree with investing in a good bed and mattress. We move every four years due to the nature of my husband’s work. The only constant thing in our container is our bed/mattress. There is nothing like a good night’s sleep on a comfy bed.

  11. The fact that sleep = health makes me slightly worried about insomnia and insomniacs. Insomniacs don’t choose to have such an issue, there’s just something abnormal with the structure or chemistry of their brain.

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