The benefits of sleep make a big difference in every area of your life. People don’t realize how much sleep they need and why it is so important. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.

Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Research shows that people who get less sleep—six or fewer hours a night—have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more.

Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine has done a great deal of research to find out how your body manages sleep. According to their findings, your body manages and requires sleep in much the same way that it regulates the need for eating, drinking, and breathing. Throughout the years, extensive research has been done on the effects of sleep. These studies show that sleep plays a vital role in promoting physical health, longevity, and emotional well-being.

That 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. This is difficult when your significant other prefers to watch television til the wee hours of the morning. I have learned, that a good set of ear-plugs take care of the noise from the television. Also, I don’t eat anything past 6:00 pm in the evening.

So, make a commitment to yourself to get at least seven to eight hours sleep each night. You will feel and see a big difference in all aspects of your life.

Sweet Dreams