The Importance of a Healthy Night's Sleep

The Importance of a Healthy Night's Sleep

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Expert Author Susan Leigh
Sleep is a topic that fascinates many of us and yet it is something that many of us struggle with. We may leave it to nature and hope that we drift off to sleep okay. Other people may try to knock themselves out with alcohol, drugs or fatigue and yet our quality of sleep should be treated with more commitment. A healthy night's sleep is vitally important as it impacts on every area of our lives.
Being over tired can impact on our performance, mood and overall health and wellbeing. If disturbed or restless sleep persists it is important to visit your family doctor for a check up. Some health conditions and medication can affect your quality of sleep and they need to be attended to.
Let's look at why a healthy night's sleep is so important.
- Sleep allows our body to utilise its energy for a diversity of internal processes. Many of us race around throughout each day, working, travelling from place to place, concentrating, getting things done. Many of us even eat on the move and so quiet breaks and a healthy night's sleep provide an important opportunity for the body to do what it needs to do to support healthy internal functioning. Digestion, detoxifying, cell renewal and growth, healing, de-stressing and relaxation are some of the activities the body needs to allow time for. Sleep provides valuable down time for this to occur.
- Dreaming is an important part of healthy sleep. Allowing the unconscious mind time to run freely, work through things that have happened during the day, change perspective, explore new scenarios, devise better options and find solutions to problems are the powerful ways that sleeping dreams help us to deal with the daily stresses and pressures of life. Many people find that if they 'sleep on' a problem it usually seems easier to deal with the following day. That is because our unconscious mind uses sleep to look at ways of resolving stressful issues, free from the intervention of conscious logic or reality. It does this in order for us to function as effectively as possible in our daily lives.
- Healthy sleep requires some order and discipline in our lives. If our sleep is restless, disturbed, unrefreshing it can signal a need to address what else is happening in our lives. Often busy people rush at life, try to cram as much as possible into each day. But, just as a car needs oil, petrol, servicing from time to time, so our bodies need breaks for food, water, time to wind down or cool off. It has been proven that people perform better after a break, time way from their desk. Regular healthy sleep supports both mental and physical health and wellbeing.
- Balance in life is the key to a healthy night's sleep, but that can be difficult to implement when there are many important demands on our time and energy. Sometimes help is needed in order to assess what is needed to be done to remain healthy and in control of our choices. Hypnotherapy can be an important part of that solution, helping us to de-stress, become more positive about what's right for us, deal if necessary with any underlying issues like guilt, wanting to be superhuman, perfectionism, fear of confrontation.
Sometimes there are demands, things on our mind that make it hard to get a good night's sleep, but when we commit in the main to take care of ourselves, eat well, enjoy breaks, do what we feel is right as often as possible we will find that sleep becomes more consistently refreshing and a healthy part of our life.

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