GOOD NIGHT' SLEEP

jhayz_09 By jhayz_09, 9th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Tips to have a good night and have a tight sleep...

GOOD NIGHT' SLEEP

It's not just the "thing you do at night." It plays a vital role in our lives and not getting enough of it is a definite health hazard. It is sleep.

The mind and body do not shut down during sleep; the brain consolidates the day's learning into memory.

While you're sleeping, the body does maintenance work by replacing old cells with new ones and re-energizing organs and muscles.

The average adult needs eight to nine hours of sleep at night but most get only seven or less. All of the functions of sleep are vital for you to function optimally during the day.

Based on biological rhythms, it is normal to feel sleepy between 1 pm and 4pm and between 2 am and 6 am. Sleep loss that accumulates from one night to the next is known as sleep deprivation. Even a modest loss of sleep may produce serious sleep deprivation over several nights. The only way to avoid deprivation is to get proper amount of sleep your body needs.

Sleep deprivation may be a sign of a sleep disorder such as insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy or restless legs syndrome. All of these can be prevented by simply getting a good night' sleep.


TIPS FOR A GOOD NIGHT' SLEEP

1. Keep regular sleep hours by going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday.
2. Develop a "sleep ritual" by doing the same things every night before you go to sleep.
3. Sleep on a comfortable, supportive mattress and box spring.
4. try to exercise at least three hours before bed time to ease the day's tension.
5. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine in the evening; these interfere and prevent deep sleep.
6. Smoking and sleep don't mix. Smokers usually take longer to fall sleep, awaken more often and also experience fragmented sleep throughout the night.
7. Drinking alcohol shortly before bedtime interrupts and fragments your sleep throughout the night.
8. try to unwind early in the evening by dealing with worries and distraction several hours before going to sleep.
9. Create a restful sleep environment by sleeping in a cool, quiet, dark room.
10. always make a priority. If your body tells you to go sllep and you're tempted to stay up late, don't. You'll be glad in the morning.

Source: Health Today Magazine (Tips)

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