It may seem obvious that sleep is beneficial. Even without fully grasping what sleep does for us, we know that going without sleep for too long makes us feel terrible, and that getting a good night’s sleep can make us feel ready to take on the world.

Why is sleep important?

Sufficient sleep is essential for maintaining optimal physical health, mental and emotional functioning, and cognitive performance.

It is the only way we can recharge our brain and restore important neurotransmitters.

Sleep is also the time when the body does most of its repair work including rebuilding and restoring muscle tissue and replenishing our immunity. This is because growth hormones are secreted during sleep, which are essential to rebuilding tissues and repairing our body systems.

I think because we live in a culture that seems to idolize a “work-hard” ethic, many of us regard sleep as a useless activity, a waste of valuable time and are proud of the fact that we can go on 5 hours of sleep.

But today’s science and medicine show us over and over that inadequate sleep time and poor quality sleep interfere with our quality of life and can actually be hazardous to our health.

Sleep is as essential a component as good nutrition

Sleep is as essential a component as good nutrition and exercise are to optimal health.

It’s essential to our ability to perform both cognitive and physical tasks, engage fully in life and function in an effective, safe and productive way.

I make it a rule not to think about “serious” subjects before bed. I also do stretching and try to dim the lights 30 -60 minutes before bed.
Magnesium may help relax muscles and I use a sustain release product called vital Mag.

Bottom line: Sleep is essential to our overall health and well-being.
So we must get serious about good sleep.

I actually go deeper into this topic in the article in my wellness center, to read the rest, go to my hub site and click the “Wellness Project” link, its free.

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