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The Amazing Benefits of Sleep

By October 19, 2013 Pre-Workout, Wellness No Comments 551 views

The Amazing Benefits of SleepResearchers have discovered an all-natural treatment for low energy, poor health and immunity, weight gain, and fatigue. This 100% natural remedy is accessible to anyone and everyone around the world. This treatment has no harmful chemicals, no allergic reactions, and it comes free of charge. This treatment is sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that all adults catch 7 to 9 hours worth of Zzzz’s. One-third of Americans don’t get nearly enough shut-eye. They are sleep-deprived which, by definition, means they sleep less than 6 hours per night.

Sleep-deprivation has become an epidemic. In an effort to squeeze in more “productive hours” into a 24-hour day, a sleep-deprived individual’s productivity actually can decline. It affects one’s concentration, memory, work efficiency, judgment, and mood. Sleep deprivation also has an effect on a person’s ability to safely operate a vehicle—driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving while drinking.

Usually when we think of weight management, we think of diet and exercise. However, the strong link between our sleep and our health should impel us to reconsider our daily routines and lifestyle.

Inadequate sleep is associated with obesity. Certain patterns that have been observed in all sleep studies suggest why this happens. A hunger-promoting hormone called ghrelin is increased. A “satiety” hormone called leptin decreases in concentration. This hormonal change leads to an increase in appetite and food intake. In one study, even one night of reduced sleep led to increased food intake, more snacking, and larger food portions.

Another hormone that seems to be disrupted by lack of sleep is insulin. Lack of sleep leads to reduced insulin sensitivity, which makes it difficult to keep your blood sugar under control. In fact, long-term sleep deprivation is linked with Type 2 diabetes as well as other inflammatory diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Sleep fuels your body’s immunity. Countless research studies show evidence of this. Poor sleeping habits have made research subjects more susceptible to infections such as the common cold. One exciting study found that good sleep actually increased the effectiveness of a vaccine whereas poor sleep weakened the immune system’s memory and made it less fit to fight infection. Recently, researchers discovered a direct link between chemicals in the brain that control sleep and molecules in the brain that signal the immune system. This complex communication between the neurological and immune system suggests that the body tries to induce sleep during an infection. In other words, your body wants to sleep when it’s sick.

Many dream of achieving a healthy body and healthy weight. It turns out setting aside enough time to dream can actually help one achieve that. All evidence points to the fact that many don’t fully appreciate the role sleep plays in our health. Don’t underestimate the power of sleep.

Develop a personal routine that includes adequate sleep and stick to it. It will only work if you make a routine that works for you. Falling asleep is easier when you limit the amount of distractions before you plan to sleep. Try to avoid artificial light from laptop and cell phone screens at least one hour before sleeping. Take a bath or listen to relaxing music. Do you keep a journal? Put pen to paper.

Avoid large meals before bedtime. Avoid nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol close to bedtime.

Because many of these distractions are inevitable, many resort to sleeping pills that actually lead to the same side-effects as lack of sleep—tiredness and decreased productivity. Sleep Aid is an herbal blend of natural sleep remedies and a safe alternative with high-quality ingredients that cause no harmful side-effects.

After a good night’s sleep, wake up to an EnergyFirst breakfast shake feeling refreshed, in good health, and motivated to stick to your diet and exercise routine.

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Sleep curtailment is accompanied by increased intake of calories from snacks. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Jan;89(1):126-33. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2008.26574.

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