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How Can I Get A Good Nights Sleep

Updated on June 2, 2013

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The consequences of sleep deprivation
Good sleep for good health
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Getting A Good Night Rest

It is of vital importance that all human beings get a good night sleep. This cat should not be on the bed while Andrea is sleeping.
It is of vital importance that all human beings get a good night sleep. This cat should not be on the bed while Andrea is sleeping. | Source

The Consequences Of Sleep Deprivation

This article is intended to show the importance of getting a good night sleep and what the consequences are when we violate this vital part of not getting sleep the body so desperately needs to repair itself which is a part of the laws on healthy living. In this article I will by giving some suggestions on sleep remedies, sleep aids and show the bad consequences of sleep deprivation. Sometimes when we suffer from sleep insomnia we may stop feeling sleepy which can often times manifest itself as mental illness such as schizophrenia, dementia, nervousness, irritability, sudden rages, panic attacks, hysteria, and the list goes on and on. These manifestations may not necessarily be mental illnesses but symptoms brought on by lack of sleep. See Natural Remedies Encyclopedia. http://remnantprophecy.sdaglobal.dyndns.org/Librarypdf/Health/Natural-Health-Encyc.pdf

Sleep is one of the most important laws of good health. If we are not getting enough sleep each night then our bodies will soon break down and diseases will soon set in. According to Timothy Morgenthaler, MD of the Mayo Clinic he states that “Lack of sleep can affect your immune system” and affect your immune system it will which can lead to all kinds of illnesses and diseases.

Animals Know The Benefits Of Rest

 Even animals need to rest. We know that cats sleep a lot of course they have no jobs so they can spend most of their lives sleeping, but we could learn from them without going overboard.
Even animals need to rest. We know that cats sleep a lot of course they have no jobs so they can spend most of their lives sleeping, but we could learn from them without going overboard. | Source

The Need for Getting Enough Sleep and Rest

I came across this story but I have no idea who the author is. This is how it goes.

An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out…

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar: “I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and asked if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.”

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: “He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the ages of 3. He’s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?”

We could learn a lot from the animals around us even when it comes to the importance of sleep and rest. We need to sleep and rest because it is just that important to our health and our well being.

This is a cute story and this story was taken from the publication “Good News” published by Hope International Newsletter. May – June 2012 Issue 26. They sell herbs and vitamins and can be contacted at 800-468-7884. You may visit them at http://www.hopeforhealthusa.com/

In the Genesis 2:2 the bible states that “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.” New International Version (NIV).

God was not tired when he rested but he rested to show us an example for us to follow because He knows that not getting a good night rest would cause stress and sleep problems for the human race. In Mark 6:31 Jesus said to his disciples “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” New International Version (NIV).

Jesus saw that his disciples were exhausted from all the crowds that were following them and the disciples being of service to the people, were tired and they were not getting enough rest that their bodies needed, and Jesus knew that it would not be good for their mental health and would cause them sleep problems and that would not be good for the disciples. It is hard to function due to lack of sleep and many accidents even fatal ones have been caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel while driving, so you can see that getting a good night’s sleep in important to the body and to the mind.

What Are The Consequences of Not Getting Enough Sleep?

When our immune system becomes compromised due to sleeplessness it leaves us susceptible in picking up various forms of diseases which can be detrimental to our health. Not getting enough sleep can do a lot of harm to the human body and the brain which can also lead to deep or severe depression where the brain becomes compromised which causes emotional stress, casing psychological stress leading to hallucinations, nervousness, irritability, anxiety, psychotic behavior and not being able to function at your peek.

Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler of the Mayo Clinic continues by saying that “Studies show that people who don't get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick. During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you're under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don't get enough sleep.

So, your body needs sleep to fight infectious diseases. Long-term lack of sleep also increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease.” http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lack-of-sleep/AN02065

Amy The Cat

Here we see Amy the cat sleeping on the window ledge.
Here we see Amy the cat sleeping on the window ledge. | Source

Good Sleep For Good Health

To quote Benjamin Franklyn “Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Some people say that’s because they didn’t have electricity, but it still holds true, we need a good night sleep for good health and when we awake we are refreshed and ready for the challenges which lays ahead for that day. When we get a good night sleep it gets rid of emotional stress, psychological stress, mental stress, cuts down on weight gain, headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease, helps to regulate blood sugar, lower rates of death, diabetes, being able to concentrate better, to think better, rebuilds the tissues in the brain that has been damaged, repair the body and other health related benefits.

Cats Experience No Sleep Problems

Chase sleeps a lot and experiences no sleeplessness.  This is one cat that has no sleep problems.  God has built into these animals the need for sleep just as he has programmed us human beings to sleep during the night and awake during the day.
Chase sleeps a lot and experiences no sleeplessness. This is one cat that has no sleep problems. God has built into these animals the need for sleep just as he has programmed us human beings to sleep during the night and awake during the day. | Source

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Tips For Getting Better Sleep

Here are a few tips for getting better sleep. Avoid caffeine products, cigarettes, cigars, alcohol and all stimulants, set a bedtime schedule and stick to it. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try and keep trying again and again. It has been drilled into my head that the body repairs itself between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight so try to set your bedtime between those hours as early as 9:00 p.m. to get the good quality sleep that your body needs. We have been taught that we need at least eight to nine hours of sleep per night in order to promote good health.

Our night clothes should not be tight fitting and should be comfortable. For women, a bra or other restrictive article of clothing should not be worn to bed. We need to maintain good blood circulation. Keep the sleeping area and bedroom as dark as possible and free from clutter which will help you to sleep better giving you a good nights rest. Sleeping better depends on you not using your bedroom or sleeping area as an office so remove the computers, the television, the stereo and other electronic devices and don’t eat in the bedroom.

If you desire a good night sleep then keep the temperature in the room cool because if the room is hot it makes it very hard to sleep. If you are having problems falling asleep try to relax because the mind sometimes refuses to shut itself down and gets so wired up thinking the mind will take you into areas that keeps you awake so try to think of the ocean, picture the waves going in and out and listen to the wind in your mind. Getting deep sleep is important so purchase an air purifier and get a fan and turn them on. The air purifier and the fan will give off calm relaxing constant sounds to listen to so try to concentrate on those sounds. What kind of mattress are you sleeping on? If your mattress is in poor condition then it will affect the quality of your sleep. What about the pillow you sleep on, is it comfortable and well placed under your head on the bed for optimum comfort.

Having good air quality in the bedroom is very important because if the air quality is poor this will affect not only your sleep but your entire health. Take deep breaths and listen to yourself breathe. When your mind tries to take you into one direction bring it back to the sound of the fan. You can also purchase a recording of the ocean or any other sounds that will be calming. Try listening to soft music that is on a timer that will shut itself off after a pre-programmed amount of time that will allow you to fall asleep. This device can be kept on the outside of the bedroom but close enough so that you can hear it but not loud where it will keep other members of your family awake. To avoid getting up and going to the bathroom after you fall asleep try not to drink any liquid at least an hour and a half before bedtime which will contribute to lack of sleep. Do not watch TV right before going to bed, take a warm relaxing bath and add some Epson salt to the water which will help you to relax. Another problem is that maybe your magnesium levels and your B vitamin levels are low. Try adding some magnesium with B-6 and calcium along with some B-complex which will benefit the body along with a good multivitamin.

Try not to resort to sleeping pills because you will become addicted to them and other side effects will be exhibited causing more problems. You could try using natural sleep aids such as herbs such as Valerian Root, Hops Strobile, Passionflower, Skullcap Aerial and other herbs to help you fall sleep, but don’t feed on them. There is a natural sleep aid product called “Slumber” that is also effective in helping those who need a little help in falling asleep and helping with some sleep disorder such as sleep insomnia. A cup of Chamomile tea and mint tea could be quite helpful. If you are taking medications please check with your doctor to make sure that none of the herbs you take will be a problem for you. In fact, before taking any herbal supplements always check with your doctor or health practitioner first and be very careful. You may find that other methods of falling asleep that may work for you, but remember, consistency is very important in anything that you do.

Slumber

Slumber manufactured by Nature's Answer and can be purchased at Wildwood Herb Shop.
Slumber manufactured by Nature's Answer and can be purchased at Wildwood Herb Shop. | Source

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