Sleep well for good health

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Hello everybody,

” How was your sleep last night? “

Do you have beautiful / nice dreams or bad nightmares? Do you know how to sleep well?

If you are having bad dreams (nightmares), and you awake in the middle of the night and then can’t get back to sleep, you won’t be having a good day the next morning. You will feel tired and sleepy all day, in other words stress related insomnia.

Sleep is important to us. It helps us to relax ourselves, our mind and our body, makes our system rest and makes us work/perform better the next morning.  

We have 24 hours in a day. Some say that it’s divided into 3 parts, that is 8 hours of work, 8 hours of free/leisure time, 8 hours of sleep. Unfortunately, in today’s fast paced modern lifestyles, we sleep lesser and lesser. We made a promise to ourselves to sleep earlier than last night, but we just couldn’t.

There are people who suffer from getting a good night sleep for a long period of time, due to stress at work, and some other factors which disturbing the mind, and discomfort body, feeling anxiety, suffer from depression, etc. In this scenario, medication, physical exercises, body message, physiotherapy, communication & moral support among friends & family, will come to play.

The fact is that no matter you are a marathon runner, you workout in a gym, you are a non-smoker, living a stress-free lifestyle, you are the “eat good healthy food” person, you will still suffer the consequences of getting less-than- adequate sleep in the form of a heart attack at a young age.

A person recently died, after 11 days of no sleep as he attempted to watch every game in the European football championship. He may be in good health, but staying up through the night and not sleeping enough, will weaken his immune system plus drinking and smoking while watching football.   

Who would have thought of that, how we sleep could turn out to be risk factor of coronary artery, as important as the risk of smoking to high blood pressure? Sleeping is indeed important.

Lack of sleep, for example, lesser than six hours a night, will relate to an increased risk of getting high blood pressure, by 350% up to 500%, compared to those who sleep more than six hours a night. This is no exception to young people 25-49 years of age, as they are twice as likely of getting it, if they sleep less. Individual who sleep less than five hours a night had a threefold increased risk of heart attacks.

Another scientific studies documented the following : 

Middle-aged women who slept for five or fewer hours a night had a higher chance of suffering heart attacks than those who had a good eight hours of sleep.

If one completely lack of sleep or partial lacking of sleep, the blood concentrations of C-reactive protein will increased, which is the strongest predictor of heart attacks and other substances that reflect active inflammation. Even after getting adequate sleep later, the levels stayed high.

In just one night of sleep loss increases toxic substances in your body that increases risks of many illnesses, including arthritis, cancer and heart disease. 

If you sleep less than six hours per night and have disturbed sleep, you had 48% greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease and a 15% greater chance of developing or dying from a stroke, according to Professor Francesco, who co-authored a report published in European Heart Journal. The trends of late nights and early mornings is actually a ticking time bomb for our health. So you and I need to act now and change, to reduce the risk of developing life-threatening conditions.

A few basic good, dos and don’ts sleeping habits, we could follow :

Go to bed and get up at the same time everyday, use your bed only for sleeping, go easy or consume less on alcohol and coffee, minimise the intake of nicotine and caffeine, exercise regularly in the morning or late evening, don’t do any mind thinking activities before bedtime, listening to soft, relaxing soothing music before bed. 

You are health conscious, you may be fit, you may seems to do everything right, but getting only four to five hours of sleep every night, will get you into trouble. You should be getting more sleep! 

Sleeping / resting is important after one whole day of work. We need enough rest to begin again the next day.

” Wish you Goodnight, sleep tight and sweetdreams. ”   ^_^ 



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Authored by kevinn on 6th October 2012

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