The Rest of Your Life

One underestimated but very important aspect of good health is getting enough sleep. While we try to fool Mother Nature by using stimulants like caffeine, in the end we are the ones that suffer. Some of the on-going issues that attend loss of sleep are:

  • Lack of focus
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Bad moods
  • Increased hunger
  • Increased cravings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Depressed immune system
Chronic insomnia triples a person’s risk of death from all causes.  Decreased alertness is a huge factor in road traffic safety, perhaps next to driving while intoxicated.

Many important things are happening within our body and brain while we are sleeping.  Because of natural circadian rhythms, we do best when we get a couple of hours of sleep before midnight, and most of us need about 8 hours of sleep a night to be at our best.  Being able to rise in the morning relaxed, rested and feeling good has a tremendous affect on everything else we do! 

For more information see:

http://www.emeraldhef-ie.org/NewStart.htm

See also:

 http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/healthpromotion/