Why is sleep such an essential part of good health? The main reason we need enough good sleep is that we know sleep has powerful restorative abilities necessary for supporting physical and mental health. Unless brain cells experience “downtime”, they become so stressed they can no longer function normally.
Additionally, sleep deprivation compromises the immune system, inhibits white blood cell activity and blocks the production of growth hormones. Medical conditions directly related to inadequate sleep include weight gain, hypertension, diabetes (as a result of weight gain), depression and slowing of reflexes that make sleep-deprived people prone to suffering accidents. We put together a list of 12 proven sleep tricks that will have you counting sheep in no time.
1. Train your Mind and Body with a Schedule
Keep a regular sleep schedule by going to bed at the same time every night. While you don’t have to make sure you are in bed at exactly 9:00 pm each night, sleep experts recommend a sleep schedule conducive to getting a good night’s sleep shouldn’t vary widely. The release of melatonin (a powerful sleep hormone) becomes irregular when sleep times are regularly staggered.