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Sleep is Important to your Overall Health

We all know that waking up feeling rested and refreshed gives you a positive outlook that lasts throughout the day, but getting enough sleep and sleeping well can impact much more than just your mood. Nearly everyone suffers a few sleepless nights occasionally, but chronic insomnia can have long term consequences to your health and quality of life. Sleep plays a crucial role in your overall health and well being throughout your entire life. Getting the right amount, and right quality, of sleep can safeguard your physical health, your mental health, and even your safety.

Your Bedding Can Play an Important Role in Quality of Sleep

Did you know that your bedding, the kind of materials on which you sleep can play an important part of how well you sleep? Were you aware that some bedding is even being accused of causing problems with breathing for those who have allergies and may contain chemicals–or even be created from chemicals that can compromise your immune system? The images to the left contain some informational links that may help you to choose a healthier bedding material.

Here are just a few ways in which sleep (or lack of) can affect you on a daily basis:

Physical Health

Sleep is vital to maintaining good physical health. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) not getting enough sleep may increase your risk of developing high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Lack of sleep can also weaken the immune system and make it harder for your body to fight off other illnesses.

In addition to affecting your body directly, lack of sleep also increases the risk of physical injury to yourself and others. Drowsiness impairs your ability to perform routing tasks, such as driving a vehicle, safely. Between the years of 2005 and 2009 alone, drowsiness accounted for 37,000 car accidents.

Mental Health

The chances are good that you’ve already experienced one or more of the mental health issues that arise form lack of sleep: trouble concentrating, lack of mental “sharpness”, or even memory problems. These issues can affect your productivity at work, school, or home. According to the Rand Corp. the effects of sleep deprivation on productivity can be linked to approximately 1.2 million lost working days each year in the U.S. alone.

Emotional Health

Just as getting a good night’s sleep can enhance your mood and make you feel better about life in general, lack of sleep can make everything seem worse. How often are you in a truly good mood when you feel tired? Lack of sleep can go far beyond just causing crankiness and irritability however, it can lead to many other serious mood disorders.

Studies have found that sleep deficiency can actually alter the activity in certain parts of the brain. Not getting enough sleep for prolonged periods of time can actually be linked to depression, anxiety, paranoia, risk taking behaviors, and even an increased risk of suicidal tendencies.

As you can see, getting the right amount of restful sleep can have ramifications that go far beyond just making you cranky and irritable. Giving your body enough time to recharge and refresh itself is something that it vitally important to your physical, mental, and emotional health. There are many ways to improve your sleeping habits and make sure that you get the rest you need each night and a comfortable mattress and pillow are a great place to start.

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