How Sleep Makes You Healthier, Smarter, Happier, and Slimmer

Did you know that getting enough sleep is one of the healthiest, most restorative things you can do for yourself? Getting 7-9 hours of rest a night- gives your body and brain the time they need to repair and rebuild themselves. Physicians at the NYU Langone Medical Center call it “the tune up you need to run smoothly.”

Several amazing things happen during a good night’s sleep:

  1. Your body produces more white blood cells which defend you from viruses and bacteria.
  2. Your damaged tissues and cells are given time to heal.
  3. Your brain sorts through the thousands of stimuli from the day, choosing what’s important to store and what to release.
  4. You wake up refreshed and less susceptible to the blues.
  5. You have enough natural energy to resist the temptation of consuming unnecessary carbs and caffeine.
  6. Your blood pressure drops, curbing inflammation and giving your heart a wonderful break.

To optimize your sleep at night, consider the following tips to help get the rest your body needs.

– Avoid too many stimulants- these include caffeine, sugar and alcohol within a few hours of bedtime.
– Don’t eat later than 7 p.m.
– Exercise early in the day. Studies show this routine allows for better rest at night.
– Decompress with a warm bath and candlelight.
– Drink a cup of hot chamomile tea or warmed almond milk with a touch of raw honey.
– Keep the room free from distractions like TV and computers, as well as ambient noise.
– Wind down with more soothing activities like reading, journaling, or prayer and meditation.
– Ensure the room is as dark as possible: Keep blinds and curtains closed and any electronic gadgets as dim as possible. Any blue light is a stimulant. Wear a mask if needed.
– Sprinkle your pillows with 5-6 drops of relaxing lavender oil.

These tips will help you relax progressively, prepare for a deep, restorative night’s sleep and allow your body and mind grow healthier and stronger each day.

Here’s wishing you a lifetime of living Healed, Healthy and Whole!