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Benefits Of Sleep

Yuri Elkaim

As you may know, for about 20 years of my life, I would sleep 10-12 per night. That wasn’t good. It was a sign that my body was pretty messed up. Furthermore, I rarely woke up feeling refreshed no matter how much I slept. I can’t imagine living very long without the benefits of a good nights sleep.  That is one of the points brought out in the, could we live for 1,000 years? post.

 

Needless to say, sleep is very important, actually critical to good health. For instance, one study simulated the benefits of sleep and effects of the disturbed sleep patterns of shift workers on 10 young healthy adults. After a mere four days, 30% of them had blood glucose levels that qualified as pre-diabetic.

 

Poor sleep also increases your risk of getting and staying fat this is one of the facts about fat loss. Here’s part of the reason, the hormone leptin plays a key role in making you feel full. When you don’t get enough sleep, leptin levels drop. Thus, if you are tired, you end up feeling hungrier, which means you’ll probably crave more high-fat and high-calorie foods, this will prevent you from your goal to burn more calories. So YES, sleep is important to good health and it’s one of the leading concerns among many people nowadays. Perhaps even you? With that said, I’d like to give you 3 simple ways of improving your sleep.

 

 

Sleep Aid #1 – Brain Dump

If you’re one that goes to bed with a ton on your mind, chances are you probably have a tough time falling asleep. You’re probably tossing and turning, thinking about what needs to get done tomorrow or you’re stressing about finances, kids, etc…In this case, the best thing you can do is write everything down on paper. I call this a brain dump. You’ll be amazed at how powerful this simple exercise can be when done prior to going to bed. Try it – you’ll see what I mean.

 

Sleep Aid #2 – Close the Kitchen Early

Unless you live in Spain where dinner time is usually around 10pm, there’s really no reason to eat late at night. If you go to bed full, you’ll feel like a truck hit you when you get up in the morning. The benefits of enough sleep can help in preventing injury in sports. So do your best to have dinner 3-4 hours before going to sleep to allow your body to digest your food. And avoid the temptation for those late night treats because a late night spike in blood sugar is no friend of proper sleep.

 

Sleep Aid #3 – Nourish Your Sleep Centers

Did you know that there are specific nutrients that facilitate a good night’s sleep? Here are a few examples:

  • GABA is your body’s own “nerve tonic.” It forces your brain to slow down, so your racing mind won’t keep you awake.
  • Valerian and Hops – Scientific studies prove these herbs help you drift gently off to sleep faster.
  • Lemon Balm and Passion Flower – Known for centuries for their calming, relaxing nature. Shrug off the stress that keeps you awake.
  • Melatonin – This is the hormone your body uses to keep your body on a natural sleep cycle. But you make less as years go by.

Plus there’s the B vitamins for stress, peppermint oil to promote less nervousness and nearly a dozen more natural ingredients designed to help you get to sleep sooner and stay asleep longer.

 

There are many more benefits of sleep but the most important is that if you want a healthy body now and in your old age you need to have good sleep habits.  Your body needs the benefits of sleep to recover from any exercise or workouts you have done.

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