We’ve all heard it before. Two-thirds of Americans have problems sleeping at night. Insomnia can result in chronic pain, or chronic pain may result in insomnia. (Does it remind you of the chicken and the egg?) In any case, healthcare professionals agree: A good night’s sleep can be flat-out restorative and incredibly beneficial to your overall health. Here are just a few perks to expect from restful sleep.
A Trim Physique
Are you constantly struggling to lose 10 pounds? Is your lower belly a problem area for you? The problem may come down to an excess of a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is notorious for boosting hunger signals, and it may contribute to fat buildup around your waist. If you want to combat this problem, do whatever you can to sleep better at night. Routinely getting eight hours of sleep will lower cortisol levels and help you maintain a healthy weight.
Less Stress And Fewer Worries
“When people with anxiety or depression were surveyed to calculate their sleeping habits, it turned out that most of them slept for less than six hours a night,” a Jan. 27 Telegraph article reports. In other words, stress, anxiety, and sleep are directly related. Sleep more, and it will help ease some of your worries and improve your mood — without any major changes.
What’s The Secret To A Good Night’s Sleep?
With all of these benefits and more (sleep helps prevent sickness, too!), the question remains, how do I fall to sleep at night? That’s a great question — and there are several natural ways to sleep better. Establish a routine. Go to bed at the same time every night. Have a wind down activity or activities you enjoy; a hot bath, yoga, reading a book, or listening to quiet music are all good choices! And don’t forget about comfort. If you are continually tossing and turning, it may be your bed. Consider electric, adjustable beds. For instance, Craftmatic adjustable beds are available with optional heat and soothing massage that may provide temporary relief from low back pain, poor circulation, edema and swelling of the legs, mild arthritis, or just poor sleep. Craftmatic is a good brand, with 40 years in business and over 40,000 mattresses sold.
What are the best reasons to sleep better at night? Sleep has a direct relation to your physical and emotional well-being. Do what you can to sleep better and, consequently, stay emotionally and physically healthy.