The secret to health is has always been known to be carried out by a simple formula. The right diet and ample amount of exercise. But did you know that there is a missing element that makes this formula twice as effective? What is the missing ingredient? Sleep.
Before we go and talk about how a proper sleep can help with your overall health, let me ask you a question – How much time did you sleep last night? 5, 6, 8, 10, 12 hours? Sadly – a lot of us today do not get enough sleep. In a Gallup poll conducted in 2013 in America, 40% of Americans do not get the right amount of sleep. While it may seem trivial, one should know that getting a good night’s rest is vital to your everyday living.
5 Tell Tale Signs That You Are Not Getting Enough Sleep
You Have A Difficult Time Concentrating
When you don’t have enough sleep, you tend to be forgetful and sometimes confused by a lot of things happening. It’s hard to concentrate and being alert seems to be a very difficult task.
You Get Sick Often
Lack of sleep is one of the factors of inflammations and it weakens your immune system.
You Don’t Feel As Happy As You Should Be
Hormone production is not regulated if we lack sleep, that is why you get moody most of the time, stressed and may feel depressed.
You’re Gaining Weight
People who don’t sleep enough feel hungrier as you feel the need to get more energy.
Since you are not resting, you are physically fatigued and you are low on endurance.
If you are experiencing more than one of these signs, chances are you are not sleeping as much as you need to be.
Asides from not having the struggles of getting the symptoms above, here are then the benefits of investing in the right amount of sleep each day:
Your Quality Of Life Is Better
This is true, yet so many people miss it. Waking up after a good night’s sleep affects your mood, your outlook for the day and also your creativity. And when you wake up happy, you make other people happy too. Thus, life is better. Simple as it sounds, but this can be easily taken for granted.
Lower Risk Of Inflammation
Inflammation in the body is known to heighten the risk of heart attack among many others. A study conducted in 2010 showed that those who spent 6 hours or less has higher chances of heart attack.
Improved Brain Power
Getting enough sleep gets your brain juices flowing, and you get to be more attentive, focused and sharp. For students, that can mean a higher grade and for adults, a promotion.
HOW CAN I SLEEP BETTER?
- Enjoy the Sun – What you may not know about the sun is that it sets your melatonin which is a sleep hormone in the right rhythm. Melatonin helps you stay awake during the day and trigger your body to sleep earlier at night.
- Limit your Caffeine Intake – Don’t drink caffeine induced drinks when you are about to get to sleep or even hours before that. It will affect how deep your sleep can be.
- Exercise Lightly – Exercise regulates your hormones and it normalizes your body’s rhythm. But do not do heavy workouts in the evening as it may only wake you up even more.
- Get Away From your Gadgets – Asides from becoming a distraction, your device’s light will interfere with your body’s production of melatonin and will hinder your sleep rhythm.
Apply our OLEIA TOPICAL OIL on your head, neck or back before you sleep. If possible, use it during your regular massages. The scents (Lavender, Chamomile, Peppermint) is aroma therapy itself while the effects will soothe and relax your muscles.
Life for each of us may be too exciting or too stressful. But do not let the worries or the joys of life rob you of a good night’s sleep – as the saying goes, do not worry about tomorrow, for today has its own worries.
Relax, and take time to recover, for tomorrow is another day.
About The Author
Manuel is a guy who loves books. He enjoys reading and does it whenever he can. If he’s not reading, he spends time with his family and also ministers to teenagers in a local church. He does public speaking and talks about issues concerning the youth and young professionals. An Oleia topical oil user and content contributor.