“Laugh and the world laughs with you,
snore and you sleep alone.”
Anthony Burgess


Recently I’ve been going to bed earlier and earlier. I’m working on not staying up so late, so that I can get an early start on my day. I had been sleeping maybe three to four hours in the night and it was taking a toll on my mind and body.

The benefits of sleep make a big difference in every area of your life. People don’t realize how much sleep they need and why it is so important. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.

Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Research shows that people who get less sleep—six or fewer hours a night—have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more.

Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine has done a great deal of research to find out how your body manages sleep. According to their findings, your body manages and requires sleep in much the same way that it regulates the need for eating, drinking, and breathing. Throughout the years, extensive research has been done on the effects of sleep. These studies show that sleep plays a vital role in promoting physical health, longevity, and emotional well-being.

That explains why after a good night’s sleep, I feel better, my thoughts are clearer, and my emotions are less fragile. Without adequate sleep, judgment, mood, and ability to learn and retain information are weakened.

I sympathize with young mothers who have great difficulty obtaining enough sleep. But, maybe somethings will just have to wait while you get some rest. Maybe even taking a catnap with the kiddies will make a big difference in your entire day.

So, make a commitment to yourself to get at least seven to eight hours sleep each night. You will feel and see a big difference in all aspects of your life when you get that much-needed slumberland.

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