In spite of a hectic modern life style and all efforts to keep up with your fast-past life, never sacrifice sleep! Research has find that missing out on sleep may have a negative impact on your health. It is estimated that people spend about 24 years of their lives sleeping. Something that takes up that much time and is so closely linked to our immune system must be one of the most important things for us to respect.
When you feel ill or under the weather, the bodys instant response is to sleep. There is a very good reason for this. Cytokines (immune system hormones) flood through the body when an infection is present and also act as a powerful sleep inducer, giving your body the chance to heal and save energy.
Therefore, getting a good nights sleep may be one of the most important things you can do to maintain good health and a longer life. It wont matter if you exercise, eat well, take supplements or meditate, if you do not get enough sleep for prolonged periods of time, your health will eventually suffer.
Signs that you may not get enough sleep
- Feeling drowsy throughout the day
- Falling asleep the minute your head touches the cushion
- Finding it difficult to get up in the mornings
- Feeling grumpy and irritating for no reason
- Feeling emotional for no reason
- Needing a cup of
- To make sure you get enough sleep, you must get into positive healthy habits before taking yourself off to bed. Studies show that if you exercise regularly, you sleep better. Time spend in the outdoors also increases your ability to get a good nights sleep.
- Prepare the bedroom for sleep by lighting a vaporizer, and placing in it two drops each of lavender, chamomile and orange an hour before you go to bed.
- Try not to watch television in bed as it may only stimulate you. Reading in bed can do the same, but many people find reading positive and helpful for a deep sleep – it all depends on what you are reading!
- Try a warm milky drink before bed because milk contains the enzyme called tryptophan, which induces sleep – avoid sugar, coffee