Get some ZZZs and R&R to improve your health

According to recent statistics, about 1 in 5 U.S. adults is sleep deprived. It's estimated that 20 million people suffer from insomnia - sleeping problems that can severely impact a person’s quality of life. While it's not necessarily a sign of poor health, researchers are still trying to understand the link behind poor sleep and various health problems. The symptoms of sleep deprivation can vary, but can include headaches, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction and brain fog.

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do to be healthy. It provides your body with the energy it needs to eliminate stress and do what it was designed to do – carry out your daily duties in a productive and efficient manner. For this reason, it's never too late to start sleeping better.

The good news is there are tips and tricks you can use to improve your sleep -- like going to bed and getting up at the same time each night. Setting a schedule, limiting naps, spending time during the day getting natural light, and regular exercise can also help. Shutting off electronics and using blue light filters can also help.

Massage therapy has also been shown to improve sleep in infants, children, adults, and the elderly, as well as people with psychiatric disorders, fibromyalgia, cancer, heart disease, lower back pain, cerebral palsy, and other conditions, according to research gathered by the American Massage Therapy Association.

There are two primary ways to improve your health. One is to get quality sleep, and the other is to take time for yourself (to exercise, go for walks, go see a movie…). We’ve all been taught that if we don’t reduce stress we will never be able to improve our health, and this sentiment is often preached as gospel in our lives. The same is true for getting enough sleep. It isn’t always easy, but it’s worth the effort.


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