Mental Health, Health, Sleep

The many benefits of good sleep

Feeling healthy and ready for action in all aspects of our life is a wonderful goal. And we often feel that sometimes. To borrow an old saying, however, to feel great all of the time can be a distant dream.

We know, however, that one key foundation of a healthy body and healthy mind is to have regular good sleep.

There are plenty of theories about what normal sleep is and how it is affected by age. If you fall asleep quite easily, do not fully wake  during the night, do not wake too early, and feel refreshed in the morning, are good signs.

The pocess of getting to sleep has been extensively studied and, between the ages of 20 and 80, the length of sleep onset – the time to enter light sleep – increases by less than ten minutes on average.

Many things can affect good sleep patterns, including alcohol, drugs and medication. Physical illness can reduce your quality of sleep just as much as stress or working shifts at odd hours. Some people’s sleep is disturbed by restless leg syndrome, or by nightly pauses in breathing (sleep apnea). Others wake up several times each night to go to the bathroom. During menopause many women find that their sleep is interrupted by hot flashes.

Grinding your teeth (bruxism), talking in your sleep, sleepwalking (somnambulism), nightmares and jetlag are other factors that can lead to poor sleep. Lack of sleep not only affects your quality of life. It can also be dangerous because it increases your chances of having accidents.

NZ Natural Formulas new product SLEEP can assist with combatting many of the causes of poor sleep, and in conjunction with REVIVE can be great help for restoring sleep patterns, and to aid night-shift workers, new parents and those with post-viral fatigue.

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