Getting enough sound sleep at the right times is as critical to survival as kind food and essential hydration. Sleep affects almost every type of tissue and system in your body … from the brain, heart, and lungs to metabolism, immune function, mood, and disease resistance.
Sleep problems are fairly common and include trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, early morning waking, sleeping too much, or restless or unsatisfying sleep. Getting sound sleep will improve and support you in all dimensions of wellness.
How much sound sleep do you really need?
Another simple question with no easy answer as it even varies significantly across individuals of the same age. There is no magic number of sleep hours. Worrying about not sleeping won’t help you, it will just make it more likely that you won’t sleep. Let go of your belief that you have to get a certain number of hours of sleep or you won’t be able to function and be well. Sound sleep is about quality and when you get it … it is very personalized and you should feel good about it.
Sleep can be one of the most powerful parts of your day. When you are sleeping well, you give your body time to rest and recover, you wake up feeling like you can take on the world, and you have the energy to perform at a high level during the day. By taking care of the quality of your sleep, you are taking care of your whole well-being.
Is your bedroom healthy?
Your bedroom should be restorative and conducive to calmness. Since you spend so many hours in this space, often with the door and windows shut, everything you bring in should be buffered from stress and promote peaceful dreams (including your thoughts). Consider what your mattress, pillows, sleepwear, and bedding are made from … do not increase your toxic load while you sleep! Your bedroom is your safe haven, your personal sanctuary, treat it as such!
Good news: there is a lot that you can do to improve your sleep.*
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