Aside from exercising and eating the right foods to keep our bodies healthy, sleeping is the OTHER single-most important practice we need to implement. In fact, sleep just might surpass both diet and exercise! Not to say the former two aren’t significant… but just another way to be mindful of making sure we practice all 3 of these rituals in order to live a long, healthy life.
Getting good quality sleep (at least 7-8 hours) is so imperative for emotional, mental, and physical health and well-being. Sleep helps with brain function: helping us learn, focus, and retain information better. It also helps decrease our risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, etc. Sleep helps maintain hormone balance, affects our response to insulin, supports growth and development, and also boosts our immunity.
So with ALL these amazing health benefits in mind, why would we ever jeopardize lessening our duration of sleep? Instead, let’s try and look for ways to help improve our quality AND quantity of sleep. A simple way to do this is to try and include more FOODS that may help us sleep better during the night. Below is a short list of foods to add to one’s diet (in no particular order):
Goodnight, and see you in the morning!