In the year 2018, it is time to stop pressing snooze on your health. Did you know that those who get insufficient sleep are more likely to suffer from heart disease and problems with weight? Find out why good sleep is the foundation of good health and what changes you can make to achieve it.
Why Is Sleep So Important?
We all know how unpleasant life can be when we’re running low on sleep. Well, turns out sleep doesn’t only affect our mood, it affects our bodies on a cellular level too. During good sleep, the body is able to repair cell damage and revive the immune system to help prevent disease. Sleep is essential for proper digestive function as well. When the body is deprived of sleep, it creates a flux of hormones which stimulate appetite and lead to weight gain. According to Healthline, insomnia has also been linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke as it keeps the body from maintaining healthy blood pressure and inflammation levels. Skip out on sleep and you are skipping out on your health and longevity.
Quick Tips For Improved Sleep
- Maintain a consistent sleep schedule
- Get smart about napping- keep it short (10-20 minutes) and make sure to take naps before 5:00pm to avoid disturbing your body’s healthy sleep drive
- Keep your meals light in the evening
- Get your caffeine fix and exercise routine done early
- Live an active lifestyle