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The Connection Between Sleep and Health

Posted by Lewis Robinson on Jul 23, 2021 4:16:00 AM

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Even though good sleep is essential to good health, there are many who go sleep-deprived on a regular basis. For many, getting quality sleep may seem like a far-off and unattainable dream. While it may not always be easy to get good sleep, the reality is that there are things you can do to help improve your sleep quality. If you want to know some natural ways to start getting better rest tonight, here are some things to consider. 

Watch Your Diet

One thing that many don't realize is that their diet can have a significant impact on their overall quality of sleep. This is because some foods contain additives that are hormone disruptors. These hormone disruptors can negatively impact hormones that your body produces that help you sleep, which can in turn mean less sleep or poorer quality of sleep. 

To avoid these kinds of issues, it can be a good idea to cut down on foods that are highly processed, like refined carbs, and foods that are high in sugars. Along with cutting out highly processed foods, it can also be beneficial to include more nutrient-dense foods into your diet, like fresh fruits and vegetables. If you think you may struggle to get enough nutrient-dense food into your diet, adding a supplement like thrive patch may be another beneficial option. 

Get Enough Exercise

As you are working to improve your diet, you should also work on improving your workout routines if you want to sleep well. Regular exercise can be great for helping sleep for a couple of different reasons. The more that you are physically active during the day, the more tired you will be at night. Additionally, regular exercise, whether it is power walking or powerlifting can help balance out your hormones. This includes hormones related to sleep and sleep cycles, as well. 

Avoid Certain Beverages

If you truly want to sleep deeply at night, then it is essential to make sure that you are limiting your intake of certain beverages. Caffeine in particular can prevent deep sleep. While a cup of coffee may be a great way to get going in the morning, the reality is that because it is a nervous system stimulant, it will also keep you up at night as well.

What many don't realize is that caffeine can stay active in their systems for up to several hours after they have consumed it. To make sure that your caffeine intake isn't ruining your sleep quality, it can be a good idea to limit the amount of caffeine you drink and to consume caffeinated beverages primarily in the mornings or early afternoons. 

Learn To Slash Stress

Even though most are aware that stress isn't good for them or their bodies, they may not know that it can contribute to a lack of good sleep. This is due to the fact that when you are stressed, your body will pump out stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which are designed to keep you alert and awake. 

To make sure that these hormones aren't keeping you up at night, it can be important to find ways to actively de-stress. One simple way to do this is to start practicing mindfulness. With mindfulness, you can not only calm your nervous system down at the moment, but you may be able to help improve your body's response to stress over time, as well. 

Along with mindfulness, deep breathing exercises can also be great for slashing stress quickly. If that isn't your style, there are also many relaxing hobbies and activities like reading, journaling, or cooking that can all be good ways to help increase feelings of calm when you are getting overwhelmed. 

Some Parting Thoughts

While quality sleep is essential to good health, there are still many who struggle to get a good night's sleep on a regular basis. Even though this may feel discouraging, the truth is that there are many simple ways you can start getting better sleep right away.

To speak with one of our board-certified sleep specialists, call the Alaska Sleep Clinic @ 907-357-6700.

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