In my last two blogs, I talked about New Year’s resolutions. Another good resolution would be to get more sleep. Getting seven to eight hours a night is a key part of a healthy lifestyle which can benefit your heart, weight and mind.
Your mind is busy while you sleep. When you are sleeping you strengthen memories which can help your physical and mental abilities. While Sleeping, your brain reorganizes and restructures memories which can result in more creativitiy for you. You can also improve your physical performances.
Research indicates that people who get less then six hours of sleep a night have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more sleep. Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and premature aging.
When you’re tired you tend to eat more. Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain. When you’re sleepy, certain hormones go up in your blood, and those same hormones drive your appetite.
When you’re tired, it’s easier to feel stress. Both stress and sleep can affect your cardiovascular health. Sleeping reduces levels of stress which then helps to lower blood pressure. Some doctors believe sleep can also lower cholesterol levels.
Being tired while driving has been compared to drunk driving. Being tired while driving has resulted in high numbers of fatal accidents.
A lack of sleep can contribute to depression. Sleeping cannot be made up on the weekends. When you sleep more on the weekends, your body is telling you you’re not getting enough sleep during the week.
If you want to feel better and perform better then make sleeping a priority in your life.
Fisher Hill has a bilingual workbook called Health Stories and Activities in Spanish and English. The stories are written in English and Spanish. After each story, there is a vocabulary page, a grammar page and a comprehension page. The activity pages are in English but the directions are in Spanish. There is an English translation of the Spanish directions at the end of the book.
Visit our website at www.Fisher-Hill.com to learn more about Health Stories and Acitivites in Spanish and English.