How Your Sleep Is Affecting Your Health
Your sleep habits aren't necessarily the first place you look when your health isn't at its best. However, sleep is an integral part of your overall health.
Date: 7/27/2021 5:38:40 AM ( 4 mon ) ... viewed 42 times
Your sleep habits aren't necessarily the first place you look when your health isn't at its best. However, sleep is an integral part of your overall health. Chances are that whatever is ailing you can be helped by better sleep. There are very few scenarios where getting more sleep doesn't further assist your body. If you suffer from any of the following issues, you might want to work on your sleeping skills.
You Have Multiple Aches and Pains
If you find yourself always nursing a sore shoulder, bad back, or even a touchy knee, your sleep could be the culprit. People often assume their injuries are from the ways that they use their bodies during the day, but sometimes it can come from how you are sleeping. If your bed is more than seven years old, is probably time to buy a mattress that is better suited to your body's current needs.
Even if your current mattress was purchased with any of your pain points in mind, your body changes over time and it might need something different now. Getting the right bed with support where you need it will do you a world of good. While you are bed shopping, also research the best pillows to support you as you sleep. You may find that after switching things up you feel much better on a daily basis.
You Can't Retain Information
If you aren't getting enough sleep you may find that you have trouble remembering. While you sleep every night, your brain works on connections to help you retain different memories. If you regularly struggle with short-term and long-term memory retention then fixing your sleep could help dramatically.
You Have Extra Weight
Having extra pounds that you can't seem to shed is an indicator that your sleep may be partially to blame. Most people focus on food intake and the amount of exercise they can fit in during a week, but sleep should be factored in as well. People who don't sleep enough are more likely to be at risk of diabetes and heart issues. Lack of sleep actually messes with the chemicals in your body that tell you when you are full. Fixing your sleep might help you stop overindulging at meal and snack times.
You Keep Getting Sick
Your immune system is affected greatly by your sleep habits. Your body repairs and restores itself while you sleep. If you always seem to be nursing a cold then adding extra sleep to your schedule is just what the doctor ordered. Inventory tracking can feel sicking but, Plentiful rest will give your immune system some extra fighting power so that you don't succumb to every germ that comes your way.
You Have Major Mood Swings
If you have ever met a toddler that missed their naptime then you know that sleep directly affects a person's moods. It may be more obvious when it is a child, but the same is true for adults. Lack of sleep can leave you with a short fuse or overly emotional in general. If it gets to a chronic lack you are at a much higher risk for severe depression or anxiety.
You Are Clumsy
Being clumsy might not seem like a health condition, but if you are accident-prone it definitely affects your health if you keep getting injuries. A lack of sleep can actually make you liable to get into accidents, big and small. Drowsiness can cause you to make poor decisions that lead to potentially harming yourself or others. Extra sleep can make sure your brain is firing on all cylinders and keep you safe throughout the day.
Getting enough sleep isn't necessarily at the top of your daily task list, but now that you know just how much it affects your health you can make it more of a priority. Work on developing a nightly routine to help you unwind. You can cut back on caffeine and even set an alarm to remind you when it is time to turn out the lights. With some planning, you can get yourself the sleep your body needs and feel healthier as a result.
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