Healthier New Year’s Resolution #4 – Get Adequate Sleep
There are tons of things that you could make as your New Year’s resolution this year, but getting more sleep should definitely be one of the top that you should consider. In order to lead a healthy and productive life, you have to make sure that you get a proper amount of sleep each night. Not only can a lack of sleep leave you feeling tired and confused, but it can actually end up being dangerous. That is why getting adequate sleep makes the #4 spot in our Healthier New Year Resolution series.
You need to realize that sleep is not just about shutting your eyes and then opening them in the morning. There is a ton of stuff going on in your body during this important time, and your brain is really taking this time to regenerate and refocus. In humans, it has actually been demonstrated that the metabolic activity of the brain decreases significantly after 24 hours of no sleep, and sleep deprivation results in a number of problems, including a decrease in body temperature and in immune system function as measured by white blood cell count.
Many people are not getting enough sleep for one reason or another, whether it is because they just have too much to do or because they are suffering from a sleeping disorder or condition. Insomnia for instance, is a very common sleeping problem, one that millions of people around the world suffer from.
Insomnia is a sleeping disorder in which the person experiences poor sleep or has trouble falling or staying asleep. There are actually three different types of insomnia that a person can suffer from, including transient or mild insomnia, short term or moderate insomnia, and chronic or severe insomnia.
The first, known as transient insomnia, is the type that refers to sleep difficulties that last for only a few days at a time and is when there is little or no evidence of impairment of functioning during the day. Basically these people do not suffer any serious problems from their insomnia but it is still an issue that they need help with. Short term or moderate insomnia refers to insomnia or sleep difficulties that last for less than a month, but which are more serious than transient insomnia. Finally there is chronic insomnia, which refers to sleep difficulties that last for more than a month and which are noticeable in the person’s day to day life. This means sleep difficulties that severely impair functioning during the day and which can also cause feelings of restlessness, irritability, and anxiety.
If you have discovered that you do in fact have a sleeping disorder, then you are going to want to find treatment for it as soon as possible. This is very important because improper sleep results in problems with regular functioning and can end up affecting both your personal and professional relationships. Besides speaking to your doctor and getting professional help, there are also other things that you can do which will help you deal with your sleeping problems.
Remember that sleep happens most easily when there is a consistent routine within which bedtime takes place. In other words, you want to have at least a remote set time of when you go to bed each night. If you are going to bed early one night and really late the next and your bedtime is always changing from one night to the next, then you are much more likely to experience sleeping problems. This is true for adults and children alike, and it is really almost an art form to be able to get meaningful sleep without a routine. This is especially important when it comes to your kids and is why right from the get go when they are young you should set a routine for them so that they have a set time to go to bed each night.
Also remember that whenever there are sleep problems or problems with fatigue in general, the amount of time not sleeping may be over reported. Often time there are reasons other than actual sleeplessness that a person is feeling fatigued, and so you should have your doctor check for health problems and conditions to make sure that someone more serious is not at play. They will typically perform a few routine tests to make sure that you check out okay and that your health is not in jeopardy in any way.
You can also do a bit of testing yourself, by thinking if you feel anxious or depressed, for instance, because these types of emotions will absolutely make you feel fatigued and exhausted. If you are having serious troubles sleeping, you may want to consider relaxing exercises such as yoga and meditation, and also even hypnosis or hypnotherapy if you need extreme measures.