Sleep is absolutely essential for good health because it's the time when the body detoxifies, repairs, rebuilds, and rejuvenates itself. It's when bone marrow and lymph nodes produce a substance that enables the immune system to effectively protect the body from bacterial and viral infections. Sleep is possibly the number one predictor of the state of the body. Good solid sleep patterns create good health, and poor sleep patterns create poor health.
The benefits from getting a good night's sleep are many. They include helping to keep the metabolism running efficiently, which means it's easier to keep weight in check. Sleep minimizes the symptoms associated with PMS and menopause, and it reduces the irritability associated with stress. It improves immune system functioning, so it helps protect our bodies from illnesses and infections. It reduces the effects of chronic pain and associated symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Sleep slows down the brain waves, slows down muscle activity, drops blood pressure, and increases the flow of healing hormones, neurotransmitters, and endorphins, all of which are needed to rebuild tissue and revitalize the body.
So, finding a solution to restore good sleep patterns isn't just important, it's imperative. However, sleeping pills aren't the answer, because they begin to lose their effectiveness in as little as three to five days of usage; and they can compound the problem because of their side effects. The best ways to deal with insomnia are to find out what's causing it and then treat the cause rather than the effect; to use meditation rather than medication; to find ways to effectively deal with daily stressors; and to use natural self-help methods.
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