Princess Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty, not only got several great nights of sleep, she reaped the benefits, too. What a beautiful girl she was from all that rest! When I grow up, I would so love to be Sleeping Beauty J. Ok, back to the real world. You know - the world where you would sell your kids on eBay for a good night’s sleep!
Before we delve into the many health benefits of peaceful sleep, let’s talk about the harm of sleep deprivation.
v Increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and many other health problems
v Memory and concentration problems
v Moodiness and irritability
v Lack of motivation
v Increased risk of having an accident
v Difficulty making decisions
v Weight gain (that’s a BIG one!)
v Reduced immunity to colds and infections
My personal analysis is that growing up and being a Big Girl is stressful. And stress tends to wreck the whole Sleeping Beauty scenario. If you want to trash all possibility of a Vibrant and Beautiful You, just go without sleep for a while.
Unfortunately, life today is fast-paced and chock full of stress. I’ve heard it said, though, that stress is mostly self-inflicted. In that case, there’s actually something we can do to induce a good night’s sleep - DE-STRESS!
Merriam-Webster’s definition of De-Stress is: “to release bodily or mental tension: Unwind”
Here are a few ideas to help you unwind and I’d certainly welcome your tips, too.
v Practice 10-20 minutes of deep breathing
v Go for a relaxing, slow-paced walk
v Drink a nice hot cup of herbal, caffeine-free tea – a sleepy time variety
v Punch a pillow (for those really stressful days)
v Pay your kids to give you a foot or back rub or sweet talk your hubby ♥
v Watch a good comedy or call a ‘funny’ friend who makes you laugh
v Snuggle up in your favorite blankey and read a good book
v Spend some quiet time reading your Bible and praying
v Play some of your favorite relaxing music
v Eat fish – the Omega-3 fatty acids are known to reduce stress
v Turn off the computer and television a couple hours before bedtime
v Take a hot bubble bath by candlelight (wine is optional)
But isn’t it interesting, that the very BEST de-stressor of all is a good night’s sleep. According to a recent report on Fox News, there are some amazing benefits of getting your rest:
v It improves your memory
v Possibly lengthens your life and improves the quality of your life
v Curbs inflammation that is now known to be linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and premature aging
v Results in more creativity
v Improves physical and mental performance
v Aids in controlling your metabolism
v Lowers stress
v Decreases depression and anxiety
v Prevents accidents
“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together
May God bless you with peaceful sleep...