We spend a third of our life sleeping … or so it should be for our life to be healthy. Sleeping is not a waste of time … or stop living. Quite the contrary: it is precisely a necessity for life and to fully enjoy it.
We are body and soul according to the classics, but, above all, we are body because the soul could not survive without it, although most religions think that both are independent. But we are not here on Earth. Without a perfectly functioning body we could not move, act … nor feel and think correctly.
The body is an almost perfect machinery … although, logically, over the years and in certain circumstances even more so, it deteriorates. To preserve it as well as possible it is necessary to take care of it and without a doubt, and this is recognized by doctors and health experts around the world, adequate sleep in quantity and quality is restorative and absolutely necessary.
Because it is precisely during the hours of sleep that the body takes advantage of it to regenerate the wear and tear of all the organs. It does so in silence and without our noticing, but it gets us ready for operation during the next day.
And something that we must point out: not only is the amount of hours of sleep important, but also the quality of it. Sleeping long enough and without interruptions or shortening of its duration, although as we get older it seems that less time is needed, is a basic rule.
A good sleep shouldn’t be less than eight hours in a row, seven at least. When we sleep, our memory is nourished and the brain orders its functions so that a good sleep will always make us perform better the next day. Lack of sufficient sleep can also cause problems in people’s activity, such as lack of attention or decision-making capacity. It can even cause stress due to lack of rest necessary to face daily problems with clarity and strength.
Sleep also affects personal moods and our relationships with others. Sometimes its lack causes irascibility and pessimism. During sleep, hormones are released that affect the energy of the individual. And one more thing: not sleeping properly can lead to chronic diseases, such as diabetes and, contrary to what many people think, can lead to obesity.
Some tips to sleep well.
Without a doubt there are material elements that help you sleep better and get a peaceful and restful sleep. We are going to list some elements that can facilitate a good sleep.
1.- Try not to go to bed immediately after dinner. Do it at least two hours after dinner and make sure it is light and without difficult to digest foods.
2.- Many people have the habit of going to sleep with the television on in their room. And turn it off only when they are already tremendously tired or take time off from sleep to watch a movie or program. Sometimes they even fall asleep watching television. Avoid it.
3.- Also avoid coffee and alcohol or any stimulant before sleeping. A good glass of milk, on the other hand, helps, provided enough time has passed since the last food intake.
4.- It is good to read for a while, no more than fifteen minutes, in bed before going to sleep. But close the book the moment you feel the slightest hint that the dream asks you to do so.
5.- Turn off your mobile half an hour before your normal bedtime.
6.- If you find that you take time to fall asleep because you are nervous or worried, try to relax for five minutes. Deep breathing with your eyes closed is the best sleeping pill.
7.- Do not take sleeping pills. In any case, you can take a cup of valerian or some natural compound (there are many) that can help you relax and fall asleep.
8.- Avoid the alarm clock as much as possible. Or, at least, put it with enough margin to give your inner clock time to wake up alone or alone.
9.- If possible, leave the blind up or not down at all. Natural daylight is the best way to wake up.
10.- Oh, and a good last tip: a hot shower also helps you sleep better. Take it, if you can, half an hour before you go to bed.
You already know: getting enough sleep is the best life insurance. Do not forget.