Sleep is one of the most important functions of the human body. Lack of sleep has many physical and emotional side effects. An occasional disrupted night of sleep may occur with minimal disturbance to our daily functioning. However, ongoing and frequent sleep disruption has negative effects on our body, mind, and soul.
NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF LACK OF SLEEP
We have felt the ill effects of a sleepless night. We feel groggy, unfocused, and drowsy. The next night, we may fall asleep quickly and soundly while those feelings are nullified. When we experience a string of sleepless nights, it is not easy to bounce back. That is when the negative effects can start affecting our daily functioning.
Those who are experiencing long term problems with sleep have trouble thinking, concentrating and remembering. They also have a weakened immune system, has a high risk of contracting heart disease, is prone to diabetes, and will experience negative mood changes. These people will also manifest an elevated blood pressure, quick weight gain, fatigue, decreased skin elasticity, increased risk of being in an accident, low sex drive and more. This is quite an extensive list of bad effects that can be easily remedied with long-term good sleep.
POSITIVE RESULTS OF GOOD SLEEP
If you don’t think that regular sleeping habits can help, this article will hopefully persuade you otherwise. The benefits of good sleep include improved memory, stronger immune system, decreased cellular inflammation, increased mind creativity, boosted mind and body performance, enhanced attention, healthy weight, less stress, decreased risk of being in an accident and being depression-free. Those who sleep well are usually happier, more patient positive thinkers and just better able to handle everything that is thrown to them, each day.
HOW TO GET BETTER SLEEP
Some people think that popping a sleeping pill is the best solution for those who can’t sleep. Often, a sleeping pill has side effects which are not healthy for the body. It has to be avoided at all times since there are many other natural solutions for better sleep. Working out, walking, or any type of exercise can help expend that extra energy and calm the mind, thus leading to a better night’s sleep. Avoiding caffeine in the afternoon and evening is a good suggestion. “No electronics in the bedroom” is an important rule because the energy it emits can affect you. Subconsciously, the feeling that you may be getting a phone call, text or email can also affect how you stay asleep.
The room you sleep in must be conducive to sleeping – dark at night and with minimal lighting. If you have electronic displays, these devices should be covered up because even the smallest amount of light emitted can affect your sleep process. Doing any type of work on computers or similar devices should not be done in the bedroom. The bedroom should be a sleeping sanctuary, which is why spraying pillows and bed covers with Lavender essential oil spray can also promote an aura of calmness, relaxation and eventually, deep sleep.
If you enjoy naps during the day, it should be short and no more than 2 hours. The napper may not feel sleepy at their regular bedtime and that can disrupt their sleep pattern for several nights. Of course, a comfortable pillow and a relaxing bed are a necessity. Room temperature should be adjusted as to the liking of those sleeping in the room for a better sleep experience. Sometimes a white noise machine or fan can also contribute to a calming state of mind and that supports a restful sleep at night.
The most important part of getting better sleep is putting everything in a routine that works for you. Maybe a cup of Chamomile tea will help you sleep or reading a book can make you drowsy before turning out the light. Do whatever works for you and make those routines a nightly habit.