A big part of zen is keeping the mind and body right. That is why you practice yoga and use essential oils. Sleep is also a valuable tool. Proper sleep keeps you healthy, while poor sleeping habits can affect you entire body.
The Importance of Sleep
Sleep is key for both your mental and physical health. Regular rest reignites your spirit and helps you relieve stress.
Those who regularly get enough sleep on comfortable mattresses feel reinvigorated and ready to take on the day. However, those who do not get proper sleep lack the energy they need to get through the day.
Sleep particularly affects your central nervous system. As you sleep, new pathways form between brain cells, allowing you to retain certain information. This is why you may have trouble concentrating or learning when you are sleep deprived.
Sleep is also key for good mental health. Those who do not get enough sleep are often more prone to mood swings. They may be less creative and make poor decisions, as well.
Chronic sleep problems have thus been correlated with anxiety and depression. Poor sleep can even lead to mania, bipolar disorder, paranoia or suicidal thoughts.
Sleep is additionally vital for your immune system. If you suffer from sleep deprivation, you are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus. You will also take longer to recover from that illness.
A lack of sleep can encourage unhealthy habits, as well. Tired people are more stressed, less motivated to exercise and more likely to make poor food choices. It is perhaps no surprise, then, that those who sleep less than seven hours each night are more likely to have health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.
If you want to abstain from alcohol as part of your spiritual lifestyle, getting more sleep is a good place to start. Studies show that people who sleep poorly are more likely to drink booze. They may use the alcohol as a temporary sedative but then awaken in the middle of the night.
Signs of Sleep Deprivation
Obviously, feeling constantly tired is a sign of sleep deprivation. Other warning signs are irritability and frequent yawning.
If you experience any of these signs, you should try to get more sleep each night. You have probably heard that adults need seven to eight hours of sleep daily. Yet this may vary based on your lifestyle. Those who remain relaxed and restful throughout the day may not need as much sleep as those who are constantly tense do.
Ways To Get Better Sleep
So how do you ensure that you get enough sleep every night? Try sticking to a consistent sleep schedule that gives you enough time to unwind before you climb into bed. If possible, get up and go to sleep at the same time each day. Avoid sleeping in or staying up late during the weekends.
You should also ensure your bedroom is comfortable and relaxing. Your mind and body will fall asleep more easily in a dark, quiet and cool place.
Natural light additionally helps your body prepared for bedtime. If you spend much of your day indoors, consider going for a walk while the sun is still shining. You should then limit your exposure to artificial light, especially in the hours before you go to sleep. Consider unplugging your devices at night or using a blue light filter.
Fatty and sugary foods can also keep you up at night. If you do indulge in these items, do so well before your bedtime. As nighttime approaches, try to unwind with a cup of tea an some meditation. Soothing music or a magnesium bath can also alert your body that it is time to rest.
Your spiritual lifestyle is all about staying healthy. That means getting a good night sleep. Proper rest each evening will leave you refreshed both mentally and physically.