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The Life Journey Step Four, Sleep
Step Four is Sleep
Upon this way to life, there is need to take steps to insure ample and quality rest, as sleep is indispensable for healing, restoring and building our body cells.
For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
To read more of the need for sleep, click on the Sleep link above.
Why Sleep is Important
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect both mental and physical health, as well as improve the quality of your life.
The way you feel while awake depends in part on what happens during sleep. While asleep, your body works to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep supports growth and development.
Sleep increases healthy brain function and emotional well being by helping your brain to work properly. While you sleep, it forms new pathways for learning and remembering new information. Sleep increases the ability to pay attention, make decisions and be creative.
Early to Bed, Early to Rise!
The amount of sleep necessary for good health varies with age and is different from one person to another. Also, the amount decreases from children who need ten or more to adults who need only about eight.
If you routinely sleep less than your body needs, you develop what is called a sleep debt, which has been said has to be paid back some way or another.
Too, it is just as important to develop a routine of sleeping as it is to pay back all of your sleep debt.

The Life Journey Step Four, Benefits of Good Sleep
Good for the Soul
Sleep not only makes you feel better, but it goes a long way beyond just boosting your mood and removing those circles under your eyes. Adequate restful sleep is key to a healthy lifestyle, one which will benefit your heart, mind and soul.
Benefits of Sleep
Attention is sharpened. Getting the proper amount of sleep prevents drowsiness, inattentiveness, impulsiveness, hyperactivity, and increases focus and attention.
Creativity increases. In addition to consolidating memories by making them stronger, the brain appears to reorganize and restructure them which results in more creativity. Emotional components of memory are strengthen during sleep which helps to spur the creative process.
Drive ability. Good sleep habits insure good driving ability. More single car crashes are due to lack of sleep that to alcohol. Insufficient sleep, even for just one night, can be detrimental to your driving ability.
Immunity strength. A recent study showed that people with good sleep habits were three times less likely to get sick.
Inflammation reduction. Obtaining sufficient sleep helps to reduce the levels of inflammatory proteins in the blood. The C-reactive protein associated with heart attack is lower in people who sleep seven of more hours each night.
Learning ability. Obtaining increased amounts of sleep has shown to increase learning ability and attention, especially in students.
Longer life. The amount of sleep a person has is directly connected to the length of the lifespan of that person. Too, the quality of sleep is directly connected to the quality of life. If you sleep better, you will certainly live better.
Memory. During sleep, the mind practices skills learned while awake. Learning while awake can only go so far, but during sleep, the mind consolidates the learning and upon awaking once again, the mind has a better grasp on the skill.
Performance enhancement. One simple way to improve performance is sleep. Increasing the amount of sleep up to ten hours has shown in athletes to increase abilities in their performance with less fatigue and more stamina.
Stress reduction. As respects health, reduced stress and sleep are paired together, both of which will affect cardiovascular health.
Weight health. In order to reduce weight, good sleep habits are essential. In fact, sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain. Hunger will decrease with more sleep whereas when sleep, certain hormones increase in you blood, hormones which increase appetite.
Well being. Sleeping well means much to our well being. Sleeping well helps us to avoid anxiety, depression, impatience, irritability and mood disorders.
Now is the Time.
If, like most people, you are not sleeping well right now, there is good news. It is possible to transform your sleep, and your life, in only a matter of days or weeks.
Now is the time to get excited about the benefits of better sleep. Now is the time to take action to use good restful sleep to improve your life. Yes, with better sleep, it is possible for you too to have more energy, more focus, greater productivity, improved weight loss and most important, better health and well being.

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