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The importance of a good night sleep

Posted on: December 18th, 2020 by Lysa Eastman

Now more than ever it is important to remain aware of maintaining awareness of what our mind and body need. We hear the importance of mask-wearing, social distancing, and washing our hands to protect ourselves and those around us. But what about taking care of ourselves when we do not need to be out and about for our essential outings? One element that is a vital complement to our overall wellbeing is sleep. Unfortunately, for most, it is also one of the first activities of the daily routine to be sacrificed or impacted as stress builds. This article written by Michelle Konstantinovsky is a great overview of how a good snooze benefits our physical and mental health.

Two of the main takeaways I left with after reading Michelle’s article would be the importance it plays in maintaining a healthy immune system, where sleep deficits lead to immunodeficiency and the importance of deep sleep and REM sleep in the consolidation of memory which promotes more efficient cognitive functioning following restful sleep. Now, am I saying that restful sleep will solve all of our problems and relieve all of our stress? No, I am absolutely not making that claim. But, continuing to get restful zzz’s provides benefits across physical and mental health. Obviously, the idea of instantly dozing off is much easier said than done. Feel free to contact us if after reading this article you would like to explore how you can develop, or fine-tune, your own sleep routine.

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