Sleep is crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That’s something that more and more people begin to realize and take more seriously. It’s essential for our development and for our physical, cognitive and mental functioning. But what happens if you can’t get the sleep you long for? If you toss and turn in bed all night, trying to find the right position to finally help you fall asleep? What happens if you’re woken up in the middle of the night and just can’t get back to sleep? According to the NSF (the National Sleep Foundation) and the APA (American Psychiatric Association), insomnia is the most common sleep disorder; about 30% of Americans say they’ve experienced symptoms of insomnia in the past year, and about 10% say they experience chronic insomnia.
It’s a difficult routine. You get back from work; you complete all your chores and get into bed. You wish you could just instantly fall asleep, but your mind starts racing as soon as you close your eyes. You’re thinking about rent, that problem at work, or your chores for tomorrow. When some time goes by, you look at the clock only to realize it’s getting late, and it’s unclear whether you’re anxious because you can’t fall asleep, or you can’t fall asleep because you’re anxious. The cycle is vicious: anxiety can cause sleep difficulties, but sleep problems can lead back to anxiety.
Do you feel sleepy during the day? Do you struggle to remember details you would normally remember? Are you moodier than normal? If so, there’s a good chance you too are sleep deprived. If you’ve ever asked yourself ‘do I have a sleep disorder’, start with getting to know one of the most common sleep disorders there are
Let us begin by stating the obvious: diet and exercise are bound together in achieving a healthy lifestyle, as every successful fitness regime has an important nutritional element; going to the gym but eating whatever comes in hand? probably a waste of time. But diet and exercise aren’t alone in this equation. Sleep has a crucial role in achieving your health and fitness goals. How to improve your sleep? Begin with getting familiar with the health-fitness-sleep connection
We all know the feeling of pleasure and relaxation we get from a glass of good wine or other drinks, and of course the feeling of drowsiness that can hit as soon as our glass is empty. Sometimes we find ourselves asleep on the sofa in the living room, and sometimes we even deliberately get a little drunk, knowing that it will help us fall asleep faster. But, once we’ve switched OFF, the alcohol turns ON, and with it come a number of side effects.
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