The Health Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep

a good night's sleep helps you feel healthier and more energetic

Overcoming your insomnia is already a feat in itself. But being able to do so will not only give you more hours of restful sleep, it can also lead to great health benefits. Many people don’t realize that not knowing how to get enough sleep can contribute to some serious health problems. Conversely, getting your daily dose of good night’s sleep can bring about surprising results.

So if you’re always wondering how to sleep better, act fast. Discover the different types of remedies and medical treatments that can help you. Learn relaxation techniques that can boost your chances of sleeping well, and gain all the health benefits that come with restorative sleep.

  1. Better immune system – When you sleep, your body works overtime to repair cells, tissues, and muscles. Knowing how to sleepwell keeps your immunity system strong, protecting you from viruses like flu and colds.
  2. More energy – When you are not tired and drowsy, you will have more energy to take on the day’s activities. When you get enough sleep you will feel more refreshed and invigorated.
  3. Healthier heart – Sleeping well contributes to your overall health and reduces the possibility of developing health problems such as heart disease. Like any other body organ, the heart is made up of muscles that need to be constantly maintained and repaired.
  4. Improved memory – While you are sleeping, the brain strengthens your memory and stores away all the information you learned during the day. When you’re trying to learn a new skill, you have greater chances of remembering the new things you learned after a good night’s sleep.
  5. Healthy weight – When you don’t get enough sleep, certain hormones in your brain are created and these can trigger you to feel hungry more often. This can lead to unnecessary weight gain.

With so many benefits, it’s no wonder insomnia and a lack of sleep can make you feel rundown. So take advantage of all the useful advice on this website on how to get to sleep for more hours every night.

Originally posted 2012-05-21 16:06:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3 Steps to Changing Unhelpful Thoughts if You Can’t Sleep at Night

stop anxiety if cant sleep

If you’ve had a stressful day it can be difficult to shut off and forget about it when you get home. Your mind can keep running over what happened and stop you from being able to feel relaxed at bedtime. If you’ve had a long soak in the bath, maybe even meditated and had a nice warm glass of milk and still can’t sleep then you need to address the negative thoughts and emotions keeping you awake at night.

Try following these 3 simple steps to address anxiety levels and increase your amount of sleep:

1. Accept the unchangeable

If it’s something that happened in your past that’s troubling you then you need to let it go. If you are blaming others for your mistakes then acceptance can become a hard process to accomplish. Stop lamenting on your missed opportunities and accept the fact that it already slipped through your hands. You can’t change what happened in the past, it is better to focus on what you can change at the moment. Learn from your past mistakes and do not commit the same mistakes again.

Learn to forgive and forget. You can’t move on and start a new beginning if you are still trap on your wrath. It is always better to live life away from hatred and grudges. Success is the best form of revenge. Focus on being successful and live in the moment. That way you can be truly happy.

2. Change the changeable

Think of the things that are changeable in your life, yourself and your environment. The most important change you should make is to change how you react on anything thrown at you. It is your choice to react positively or negatively you can control your thoughts to draw a positive result.

It is best to react not on emotional impulse but rather on logical and rational actions. Keep in mind that if you react negatively you will get the same negative feedback. Try to wait a few moments before you react and give your reasons a chance to compete with your emotions.

3. Avoid the unacceptable

Walk away from people who are bad company. Use your judgment well, if someone in dubious character approaches you take a left or a right. If someone is trying to annoy you learn to ignore. If someone is trying to test your patience learn to laugh it out and stay your cool.

Maintaining an alert mind especially on negative situations that can endanger your personal safety, health, financial ventures and relationships is just one way of keeping yourself away from stress.

Life is always going to be stressful at times. However, thinking in a calm, relaxed way about yourself and the world around you can help to keep stress levels low and positivity high. Stress and anxiety is one of the main causes of insomnia, so if you can’t sleep try to address what is causing this stress and anxiety to help yourself to feel calmer, happier and more able to switch off and doze off at bedtime.

axbo SleepPhase and Sleeptracker Elite Review – Can technology help you sleep better?

axbo sleepphase alarm clock

Do you ever wake up in the morning and still feel exhausted, even after eight or more hours of sleep? If you’re like me, waking up feeling half asleep can make me feel grumpy and tired for the rest of the morning (if not the whole day). Why is this? And is there anything we can do about it?

Why you can still feel tired

Every night our bodies go through 3-5 sleep cycles lasting around 90 minutes. These sleep cycles fluctuate between deep sleep and a light slumber, as your body rejuvenates itself for the day ahead. If you wake up during a light sleep cycle then you can feel alert and refreshed. But waking up during a deep sleep can mean you wake up feeling tired because your mind still feels half in sleep mode, causing you to desperately hammer the snooze button on your alarm and wish you could sleep for a couple of hours more.

With a good night’s sleep vital to our mental and physical health, technology boffins have come up with a few inventions that help to track our sleep patterns and to help you sleep better at night.

axbo SleepPhase Sleep Monitor

This advanced alarm clock analyses your sleep patterns via a wireless wristband worn while you sleep. Developed by sleep scientists (whatever they are), the axbo SleepPhase sleep monitor will then wake you up gently,with the sound of birdsong or five other gentle sound, while you’re in a light sleep phase up to 30 minutes before your normal alarm clock. This enables you to wake up feeling more refreshed and energetic, rather than grumpy and tired.

If you fail to wake up then a conventional buzzer will sound to get you out of bed.

The axbo SleepPhase sleep monitor comes with two different wristbands, for you and your partner. It will also display your sleep patterns in an interesting graph, which might be nice to look at but confusing as to how it can help improve your sleep.

While not exactly cheap, if you place a premium on a good night’s sleep then the axbo SleepPhase is worth a look. It scores favorably in reviews, with many people feeling more awake and less drowsy from being woken during a light sleep cycle, rather than groggy and tired. It’s also smartly designed, which will appeal to those that value the design of gadgets almost as highly as the technology itself.

Sleeptracker Elite

This smart looking wristwatch was named the invention of the year by Time Magazine. Like the axbo SleepPhase, the Sleeptracker Elite monitors your sleep patterns and then aims to wake you at the optimal time. In particular, it monitors the number of sleep interruptions during the night to see whether it’s these that are causing you to feel exhausted in the morning, such as pets jumping on your bed in the middle of the night.

The Sleeptracker Elite scores highly in reviews, with lots of people confirming that its maker’s claims are right and that it works. However, wearing a watch all night might feel a bit clammy and uncomfortable for some, in which case you might want to opt for the axbo SleepPhases instead.

Fitbit One Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker

This gadget is like a Swiss army knife for monitoring your daily health. Along with tracking your sleep patterns, the Fitbit One can record the number of steps you’ve walked and how many calories you’ve burned. After logging events in your daily routine, such as what you’ve eaten and your workouts, you can then share the results with friends and other users on the maker’s website to win badges and encourage one another’s progress.

In terms of helping you to sleep, the Fitbit One is slipped into a wristband at night to measure your sleep cycle and the number of times you wake up during the night to give you a sleep quality score. However, it wont wake you on its own accord without you setting the timer. So it cant be used to wake you up during a light sleep cycle like the other two devices. So the Fitbit One is only really worth considering if you want to use it to measure and record your daily health and lifestyle, rather than a sleep boosting device on its own.

Originally posted 2013-03-04 14:42:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

What is a Sleep Disorder?

a sleep disorder could be keeping you awake

On average we all need six to eight hours of sleep every night. Any less than this may effect you the next day, with symptoms like low energy, mood swings and concentration problems. However, from a medical perspective, these mere interferences may already be considered as signs and symptoms of a sleep disorder.

Sleep disorders are classified into:

1) insomnia

2) parasomnia or undesirable motor or autonomic activity during sleep

3) sleep disorders associated with medical disorders

4) proposed sleep disorders (e.g., pregnancy-related sleeping disorders.

They are affected by one’s amount and quality of sleep. Among them, the most common among children and adults is insomnia.

Insomnia is broadly defined as a condition where the person experiences inadequate or poor quality of sleep, difficulty in initiating and/or maintaining sleep, and sleep that is not restorative and/or refreshing.

It may be attributed to primary or secondary causes. The former refers to that which is unrelated to any unidentifiable medical or psychiatric disorder while the latter includes conditions where another disorder which contributes or aggravates the dilemma can be diagnosed.

A good example of a primary cause is adjustment disorder. One who experienced job loss, hospitalization and other stressful life events may encounter difficulty in sleeping. On the other hand, secondary causes include medical illnesses (e.g., respiratory disorders) and psychiatric disorders (e.g., anxiety).

Aside from its causes, insomnia may also be classified according to its severity. It may be mild, moderate or severe. As the degree of severity increases, the impairment to one’s social or occupational functioning increases (The International Classification, 2001).

Furthermore, the same classification may also refer to the frequency of one’s sleeplessness ‘episodes’. A person with a mild sleeping disorder encounters ‘episodes’ only for a few nights; whereas a person with a severe form of the condition encounters the same for more than a month.

Regardless of its cause or severity, a person must immediately consult a physician if he/she thinks he/she has insomnia. For one, it is considered as a medical condition; hence, it must be treated. Second, more than it being a medical condition, the condition may lead to devastating consequences.

What started out as lack of sleep may end with a person not living his/her full potential due to exhaustion, fatigue and even depression. Therefore, insomnia must be treated and not taken for granted.




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