|It is World Sleep Day, on 15th March 2019, as it brings awareness to |
|As my 30th birthday is slowly approaching, I’ve been looking for ways to look younger, for longer. Who knew that one of those ways could be as easy as getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night.|
Sleep is crucial not only to our basic survival but to our overall health and well-being.
Lack of sleep can lead to numerous long and short-term health problems, this means that the earlier you find the best sleep solution for your life-stage, the better! The ideal sleep solution is a vital investment in you and your family’s lives.
This year, World Sleep Day focusses on healthy sleep and its impact on healthy aging. Dr. Erik St. Louis, Co-Director of the Mayo Centre for Sleep Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, says, “For most adults, getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep tonight might be the most important thing we can do to improve our future physical and mental health. Sleep also keeps the brain’s wiring and connections healthy and working at their best, especially when learning and remembering new things”.
Good quality sleep contributes to aging well – physically and mentally. Getting good sleep during youth and middle age reduces the risk of obesity and hypertension and even prevents against age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease later in life. Regular sleep has even been attributed to fewer signs of aging in facial skin and better tissue tone. Beauty sleep is not a myth! Emerging evidence also suggests a connection between premature cell aging and poor sleep. Sleep is our time to regenerate and recharge and we need to make the best of this time.
World Sleep Day reminds us to make quality sleep a high priority. Can you afford not to invest in the very best sleep solutions available?
Arianna Huffington, author of The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time confirms, “Sleep is central to every aspect of our mental and physical health, and this is true at every age, from birth onward. The profound importance of sleep in having a healthy, happy
Here are a few “good night, sleep-tight” tips and solutions from
– Have a fixed bedtime and waking up time.
– Keep your daytime naps to 45 minutes or less.
– Avoid excessive alcohol and smoking at least four hours before bedtime- – Avoid caffeine, teas and cold drinks six hours before bedtime.
– Avoid heavy, spicy and sugary foods four hours before bedtime.
– Exercise regularly.
– Use a pressure-relieving quality mattress and pillow.
– Keep the room well ventilated and at a comfortable temperature.
– Block out all distracting noise and eliminate as much light as possible
General Facts on World Sleep Day World Sleep Day is an annual event to raise awareness of sleep disorders and the burden that they place on society. Most sleep disorders are preventable or treatable, yet less than one-third of sufferers seek professional help. Sleep problems constitute a global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life for up to 45% of the world’s population.
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