By Terry Orr
Getting a good nights sleep is essential to good health and an equally important part of maintaining balance in your life. The more research and reading over the past couple years, clearly support this fact.
Last year we addressed the various sleeping disorders that impact our abilities to get restful sleep on a recurring basis. This is National Sleep Awareness Week - a good time to assess your personal sleep habits and determine if you are getting quality rest each night. If not, find out why.
According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, your body manages and requires sleep in much the same way that it regulates the need for eating, drinking, and breathing. Extensive research has been done on the effects of sleep.
These studies have consistently shown that sleep plays a vital role in promoting physical health, longevity, and emotional well-being.
This explains why, after a good night's sleep, you feel better, your thoughts are clearer, and your emotions are less fragile. Without adequate sleep, judgment, mood, and ability to learn and retain information are weakened. Achieving restful sleep begins with keeping a consistent sleep schedule and creating a bedroom environment that promotes relaxation. [Source: Better Sleep Better Life]
Finding your keys to getting restful sleep nightly may be a challenge, as it is for me, however, strongly encourage you to seek professional help. Two contributing factors to help obtain good, restful sleep are: exercise and a healthy diet.
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