Apparently, getting enough sleep doesn’t only make you look and feel better, it can actually help you live longer. There’s no surprise, because while we are seeing dreams and hugging our pillows, our body continues to work, restoring muscles and organs, ensuring they are ready for a new day.
How Sleep Helps Prevent CVD
One way in which our blood vessels become healthier if we have enough sleep is the drop of inflammatory white blood cells production. Our body needs them, but if their count increases, they contribute to clogging our arteries. As the result, with age we get atherosclerosis, which is a very dangerous condition. Besides, as the control of white blood cell production is disrupted, we can get more inflammation that can lead to numbers of diseases.
The connection between sleep and cell production is explained by hormones. Hypocretin, the one responsible for our sleep regulation, also controls the bone narrow activities and helps prevent CVD.
Besides, with sleep deprivation come other issues such as cholesterol level fluctuation and glucose tolerance deterioration. This can lead to a lot of other issues with digestion, immunity, and other aspects of our health.
How to Ensure Healthy Sleep
To make sure you don’t disrupt your sleep, try these simple techniques:
- Develop a sleep schedule.
A healthy sleep schedule will help you make sure you rest for as many hours as you need. The overall norm is 7-9 hours, so try to plan your day within the other 17-15 hours.
- Develop a pre-sleep ritual.
Some people struggling with insomnia don’t prepare for sleep properly. If you’re such a person, finish all the main physical activity 3 hours before bedtime. Find something that relaxes you (music, yoga, meditation, you name it) and do it before hitting your head on the pillow.
- Choose comfortable mattresses and pillows.
These days we have a huge amount of items to choose from depending on your body condition, weight, even the way you usually sleep.
- Avoid napping.
Sometimes the reason for a sleepless night is a sweet nap you took during the lunch break. Especially if you decided to create a healthy sleeping regime, do your best to avoid naps.
As scientists continue to learn about the human body and how our everyday activities and diet affect it, they find out more tips to stay healthy and live longer. The importance of sleep has been a long conversation and here we can see that there’s still more to it that we already know.