THE VALUE OF REST

The value of sleep
As chronic diseases have assumed an increasingly common role in premature death and illness, interest in the role of sleep health in the development and management of chronic diseases has grown. According to CDC, insufficient sleep has been associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression which threaten global health. Aside from these, insufficient sleep is also responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related crashes, causing substantial injury and disability each year. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.

Here are a few sleep hygiene tips to improve your sleep quality: Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning, Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot or too cold, Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music. Remove all TVs, computers, and other “gadgets” from the bedroom. Avoid large meals before bedtime. Studies have shown that going to bed two to three hours before midnight is much better for optimum health and efficiency in the next day’s activities. Lastly, a precious conversation with God in prayer, reviewing blessings received during the day prepares the way for peaceful, recreative sleep.

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