"Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;...
and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man."
~James H. West

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Benefits of Sleep

Lisa Cutforth - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Everything from Weight Management to Mood

Sleep and rest are essential and beneficial.  Make sure you get enough sleep (6-9 hours a night).

Sleep deprivation has been associated with:

  • increased risk of obesity,
  • diabetes, 
  • increased appetite
  • making poor food choices 
  • decreased energy levels
  • negatively affecting mood (stressed, angry, sad, mentally exhausted)
  • slowed reflexes
  • decreased quality of life

If you battle with sleep, work shifts, suffer with insomnia or have sleep apnea, it is worth doing what you can or recruiting support to help you sleep more.

It may mean attending: sleep school, or learning better "getting to sleep" habits, it might require nutrition support (perhaps you have deficiencies), exercise or yoga can help you sleep better, and finally meditation or music or finding ways to increase your "alpha state" can help you sleep better or get the benefits of sleep.

Sleep is the time your body rests, and repairs itself, you release growth hormone (builds muscles, repairs your body), your melatonin increases (a powerful antioxidant and sleep chemical), you detoxify your body, your brain takes the opportunity to sort through it's experiences... there are many benefits of sleep. 

One of my all time favorite benefits of sleep though is snuggles with someone you love :)

Make sure you get enough. 

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