What time is it? Time to snooze (zzzzzzz…) and sleep like a dog! No! Sleep is so important to our health that it is time to wake up and pay attention.
How much sleep per 24 hour period is enough? According to experts, there is no magic number. The number of hours varies between individuals and age groups such as babies, children, teenagers, adults. Some people need more sleep than others in order to function productively. The benefits of sleep like the importance of alertness throughout the day are worthy to understand and follow. There is so much information on sleep, really.
On the other hand, getting no sleep is popular among some people like one CEO who loves what he does. A recent article entitled “How you can function on less than 6 hours a night” was published in the online Time talks about techniques to get less sleep and more done. Some people, however, may not like one suggestion: Reduce t.v. time. Of course, other people may agree that once the t.v. is turned on, then sleep soon follows from boredom of the inane shows. That is why some people put television sets in the bedroom perhaps.
Here are some amazing benefits one may achieve during the day from a good night’s sleep:
1. Lowers stress and improves mood;
2. Helps you maintain a healthy weight;
3. Improves athletic performance and coordination;
4. Increases your ability to pay attention and remember new information.
For better sleep there is a foundation on sleep that provides lots of tips, but with ease one can follow these rules:
1. Establish consistent sleep and wake schedules, even on weekends.
2. Create a regular bedtime routine such as taking a bath or listening to soothing music before bedtime.
3. Create a sleep conducive bedroom that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool.
4. Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.
Does diet play a role in sleep? Studies have been done and results suggest that ingested nutrients do play a role in determining sleep quality. An investigation published in Nutrition Research in 2012 examined the effects of various combinations of dietary choices in regard to sleep. Although it is difficult to determine one perfect diet for sleep enhancement, this study indicated that a variety of micro and macro nutrients are needed to maintain levels of healthful and restful sleep. A varied diet containing fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat proteins, and whole grains can be the best nutritional option for individuals seeking to improve the quality of their sleep.
Believe it or not, there is even a day on the calendar dedicated to sleep! It’s not a national holiday, however. The World Sleep Day is an annual event organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) since 2008. It is aimed to celebrate the benefits of good and healthy sleep and to draw society attention to the burden of sleep problems and their medicine, education and social aspects; to promote sleep disorders prevention and management.
The World Sleep Day is held annually on the Friday of the second full week of March. Events involving discussions, presentations of educational materials and exhibitions take place around the world and online.
An in-depth article published in the New York Times discusses the importance of a good night’s sleep. It states: “Sleep, it turns out, may play a crucial role in our brain’s physiological maintenance. As your body sleeps, your brain is quite actively playing the part of mental janitor: It’s clearing out all of the junk that has accumulated as a result of your daily thinking.” This article is worth reading and all you need do is click on this word: Sleep.
When the time comes, one may announce accurately to whomever is awake and listening, “I need my beauty–and brain–sleep: Goodnight.” Goodnight!