So many people these days are living on less than 6 hours of sleep per night and many are reporting only around 4 hours. This is not healthy and I'll share the reasons why in this article and if you're a non sleeper I'll give you some tips on how to change that.
Firstly an exhaustive study was concluded recently that has shown that lack of sleep can actually be making you fat. The study's findings were that children and adults with regular short sleep cycles were 89% and 55% more likely to become obese. When you are suffering from lack of sleep your motivation and energy levels hit an all time low and you are far less likely to exercise. For those that actually do drag themselves out to exercise they achieve 50% less output than those with healthy sleep patterns. The study also found that good sleepers consume far less calories, this in part is due to hormonal issues caused by lack of sleep and as a result looking for sugary pick me ups to get you through the day.
Lack of sleep also slows down your productivity and severely affects your concentration, so your performance at work most defiantly will suffer. Another study has shown that interns on a stacked medical schedule made 36% more serious medical errors than interns that were on schedules that allowed for normal sleep patterns.
Poor sleep has also been linked to mood swings, mental health issues and depression. Those that are suffering sleep disorders like insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea also report a significantly higher rate of depression and suicide.
Lack of sleep also affects your emotions and social interactions, another study has found that people who have short sleep cycles have a reduced ability to recognise and deal with expressions of anger and happiness.
So as you can see a lack of sleep really does take its toll on our lives in many ways.
How much sleep do you get on average? If it's less than an average of 8 hours per night then you are at risk of the things listed above in one way or another.
So what can you do about it?
The first thing that I recommend you do is look at habits and lifestyle factors, look to reduce stimulants that get your brain wired at night, perhaps less screen time for at least an hour before bed. Setting up a routine for a calm entry to the night is also a good practice, have a relaxing shower or bath before bed, look after your skin and grooming needs, stop watching TV at least 20 minutes before getting into bed and try some soothing music.
The next thing to do is look at your nutrient intake and boosting your internal health with the things that lead to good sleep. The key here is natural supplements not chemical versions.
B-6 is a good key to sleep, study's have shown links in B6 deficiency to insomnia. B6 converts a small amount of the tryptophan in your body to niacin and serotonin which are crucial to regulating sleep patterns. M&R Essentials Pure B is a fantastic source of this crucial nutrient.
Passion flower is one of the best natural sleep supplements available. It boosts the level of sleep promoting GABA in the brain. Passion flower also helps to quiet brain activity, helping individuals relax, quiet the mind, and sleep better. It has also been found to be highly effective for relieving anxiety, depression, and insomnia in women going through menopause. A fantastic source of Passion flower can be found in M&R Essentials Sleep Tonic.
Magnesium promotes deep sleep and helps calm your nervous system, boost your immune system and strengthen bones and provide muscle repair. M&R Essentials Pure Magnesium Glycinate is the purest magnesium on the market.
If you trust me and look at your lifestyle habits and set yourself a good sleep routine and boost your internal health with the natural supplements listed above, you will be sleeping 8-9 hours regularly and reaping the benefits in all areas of your life!