Walking Tip: Why Sleep Is Important

sleepSleep has a very important part in your overall well being.

Getting enough sleep protects not only your mental health but also your physical health. The national sleep foundation recommends adults have a range between 7-9 hours every night.

Here are some facts about why you need sleep!

  • Sleep can heal and repair your heart and blood vessels.
  • Sleep reduce risk of obesity.
  • Lack of sleep can increase risk of diabetes.
  • Lack of sleep increases risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure and stroke.
  • Sleep supports healthy development of muscle mass.
  • Sleep can help boost your immune system.

However, besides just getting enough sleep, the quality of your sleep is important! Here is how to have a better-rested night s sleep.

  • Create a soothing bedtime routine.
  • Stick to a scheduled bedtime.
  • Pay attention to what you eat and drink during the day.
  • Make your room a comfortable sleeping environment.

Follow these easy steps in order to get a great rested sleep and better your overall physical and mental health!

  • When sleep deprived you will feel hungrier.
  • No caffeine or alcohol before bed!

Author: Ramey Hoehn

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/sleep/art-

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http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why

https://sleepfoundation.org/media-center/press-release/national-sleep-

foundation-recommends-new-sleep-times

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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