According to Spark HealthNews and the SparkPeople's Insomnia Health Condition Center, there is a connection between poor sleep habits to:
Safety on the road, job and at home
Sleep experts say that 7 to 9 hours of sleep promotes healing and the natural production of a "growth hormone secretion" that is linked to obesity. Without proper sleep, this hormone secretion decreases and our weight increases.
Our blood pressure usually falls during the sleep cycle. Poor and interrupted sleep can adversely affect this normal decline, leading to hypertension and cardiovascular problems.
And insufficient sleep impairs the body's ability to use insulin, which can lead to the onset of diabetes.
We all have a "Circadian Clock" that regulates our sleep cycle. It balances our mind and body, our sleep time and wake time.
1- Keep a regular bedtime and wake time, even on the weekends when there is the temptation to sleep in. A regular waking time in the morning strengthens the "Circadian Clock" function and can help with sleep onset at night.
2- Avoid exposure to bright light before bedtime because it signals the neurons that help control the sleep-wake cycle that it is time to awaken, not to sleep.
3- Avoid arousing activities before bedtime like paying bills, competitive games or family problem-solving
4- Lower the lights and take part in a relaxing activity before bedtime.
The best advice that I got from this article is to "remove the computer and television out of my sleeping environment". This will be a challenge. I am totally into computer games. I play computer games, listen to the radio and watch TV late into the night.
I am committed to improve my health and beauty sleep.
I will turn off the TV and computer at 10pm.
Wish me a good night sleep.