When it comes to fitness and health there are some changes we need to make in our lifestyle to live as best as possible, it´s not always about working as hard as you can, it´s always about working smarter, what are the best tools or the best habits you can develop that will give you the greatest benefits.
Improving the quality of sleep is one of them, most research and people in the industry recommend getting 8 hours of sleep but if you do the right things and improve the quality of sleep you can get 6 hours of sleep every night and feel great.
We´ve talked in other posts about the benefits of sleep for overall health and specially the negative impact on the short run but when we talk about longetivity, improving health and preventing diseases sleep is key.
1.- Good quality sleep improves skin health which help us get a youthful appearance, look younger
2.- Prevent diseases, most chronic diseases we´re seeing nowadays can be prevent with good quality sleep. Obesity, overweight and diabetes; stress, depression and anxiety, stress, and some others are linked to poor sleep and it´s been shown that when people improve the quality of sleep their health improve.
3.- Maintain a healthy weight.- Good quality sleep helps our body works efficiently this include systems and hormones and when our body is working efficiently it is easier to lose fat and maintain a healthy weight.
4.- Lower inflammation.- Many diseases are caused by inflammation in the body and having an sleep schedule helps our body function efficiently which keeps inflammation levels healthy.
5.- Improves memory.- Remembering information and keeping our brain at peak performance is based on good quality sleep.
6.- Sleep longer.- Enough good quality sleep help us live longer, here both are important too much or too little sleep is linked to a shorter lifespan.
Sleep is key for optimal health, most of us focus on diet and exercise but one night of poor sleep has negative consequences the next day and if this lack of sleep becomes consistent it affects negatively our health.
It´s possible to prevent chronic diseases but we need to commit to a healthy lifestyle and that healthy lifestyle includes a sleep schedule, we need to stop binging on Netflix and make our health our priority before it´s too late. Our unhealthy lifestyles are the root cause of many diseases nowadays so we need to develop healthy habits to live healthy lifestyles and to develop healthy habits means that we need to make different choices and that´s the hardest part.
Making a small different choice and repeating that new choice every single day will develop the new habit, take one choice or activity that you can change today and start doing it over and over, suddenly you´ll see that it´s part of your life.
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