In addition to a healthy diet and regular exercise, getting enough sleep is the most important thing you can do for your health. Proper sleep is one of the keys to looking and feeling your best, yet it's estimated that up to 70 percent of Americans are chronically sleep deprived.
Why Is Sleep So Important?
Getting 7-9 hours of sleep is crucial because sleep is the time that your body is repairing and healing. It is during sleep that your body's innate healing capacities kick into full gear. Your immune system gets revitalized, hormones and metabolism are balanced, and general maintenance and repair of all bodily systems occur. We simply weren't built to just go, go, go; we also need to rest, rest, rest.
Good quality sleep is just as important for your health as the quantity. Here's a tip to help you prepare for a good night's sleep.
Have An "Electronic Sundown"
At around 10 p.m., turn off your computer, charge your cell phone in the other room and turn off the TV. Scan your bedroom for blinking or glowing lights -- the alarm clock, the charging indicator on your cell phone, the DVD clock and timer, etc. Turn these off or cover the lights.
Each little bit of light can stop your melatonin levels from rising, which you need to induce sleep and to reach the deep restorative sleep your body requires. If you can't darken your room, wear a sleep mask. This period of darkness will help reset your natural rhythm.
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