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In the hectic, fast paced world we live in today, most of us don’t get enough sleep. Sleep is key to a healthy body and mind. Keep in mind that alcohol, caffeine, sleeping pills and some medications can lead to unrestful sleep.
If you’re tired after a solid 8 hours, something else may be going on with your health.
Lack of quality sleep can lead to:
Weight gain: Chronic insomnia can cause weight gain by elevating cortisol (stress hormone) levels, which stimulate fat production. How we process and store carbohydrates can be compromised as well.
Cardiovascular Health: Insomnia may cause hypertension and irregular heartbeat.
Poor Memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory.
Mood: Lack of sleep can cause anxiety, irritability, and poor concentration.
Illness: Poor sleep weakens our immunity, make you more prone to illness. Getting enough rest is also vital to fighting cancer.
So turn off the tv and computer early, take a relaxing bath, drink some herbal tea, and get in to bed.
Live natural. Live well.