Adequate Sleep – Promoting Health and Wellness

 

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There are many aspects of our health and wellness that are simply overlooked. We try everything under the sun to ensure that we are promoting optimal health outcomes, and that we are doing everything in our power to maintain the healthiest life possible. We research new diets online, we see a personal trainer to keep our exercise levels up, we even use technology like wearable devices to ensure that we are staying healthy. However, in these efforts to make sure that all of the health and wellness bases are covered, some things slip by unacknowledged.

One of the most important aspects of our health and wellness that tends to become overlooked is our sleeping patterns. Specifically, we often find ourselves in a position where we are not sleeping enough, meanwhile we are doing everything else that we need to promote health and wellness.

Adequate sleep is absolutely vital for our health and wellness. When we are sleeping enough, which is the recommended seven to eight hours per night, our brains are being recharged and forming new neural pathways for communication and memory. This is imperative for our cognitive development and our ability to focus on the task at hand.

Sleep has implications in our professional life and in our personal life as well. Adequate sleep gives us the ability to focus throughout our day, concentrate on the task at hand, regulate our emotions, and many more mental functions that are difficult without adequate sleep.  

There are some of us that are afflicted with conditions that prevent us from sleeping. Sleep apnea may disturb our pulmonary function throughout the night. Diabetes and fibromyalgia can wake us in the middle of the night with shooting pain in our legs and feet. These conditions need to be regulated in order to promote the best possible health and wellness outcomes as well.

Health and wellness may end up being just a good night’s sleep away. When we are sleeping well, all of the other things we are doing to improve our health and wellness are that much more valuable. Without proper sleep, immune system function can decrease – meaning your body will be more susceptible to illness. If you are struggling to fall or stay asleep, make sure to talk to a health care professional. There could be an underlying issue that needs to be dealt with in order to correct the problem and get you back to sleep.

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