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Maintaining a healthy sleeping pattern crucial to positive whole health

When it comes to how we sleep, there are two types of people in the world. There are the early birds and the night owls. On one end of the spectrum, the early bird wakes with – or even before – the rising of the sun in the morning and gets in a full day, usually going to sleep relatively early. On the other end of the spectrum, the polar opposite night owl wakes up later in the day and generally gets to sleep well after night has fallen – sometimes even as the sun comes up for the following day. While it is easy (and even understandable) to assume that whichever sleeping pattern we hold makes little difference if we get our eight hours a night, recent studies have shown that the time of day that we sleep can in fact have a negative impact. Our whole health is so important, and an active part of ensuring that whole health is making sure that we take care of our bodies and listen to what they need. Sleep happens to be one of the things that the human body simply cannot do without.

It is common knowledge that medical professionals and scientists insist that eight hours of sleep a night is the minimum requirement to keep the body fuelled and moving at its natural pace. This has been the notion for years now. With that being said, however, the highly and broadly recommended eight hours a night can be easier said than done – especially in this modern era where it seems that everyone is busier than ever before. The modern individual works longer hours – some on strangely-timed shifts, for that matter – a more active social life, and has less time to sleep in between it all. When they do find time or the willingness to go to sleep, it often shifts their sleeping pattern. Over time, this kind of consistent action leads to a negative impact on the body that, as time passes, takes longer to correct. Additionally, there have been multiple studies that show that irregular sleeping patterns lead to an imbalance in the metabolism and muscle memory of the body, it is also one of the contributing factors of depression.

While there are many essential oils and sleeping aids on the market, it cannot always be helped that someone has an imbalanced sleeping pattern. Sometimes, something like a job or having kids (or any other number of things, really) literally can mean the difference between good intentions and solidified actions. Still, the case for a good night’s sleep in relation to the body’s whole health continues to unravel. Sleep helps to solidify our memory. One of the most important functions of getting a good night’s sleep is that our long-term memory is nurtured when we manage to do so. Individuals who are more well rested tend to have an easier time memorising important dates, incoming information, and general daily tasks and aspects in their lives. All in all, the case for maintaining a healthy sleeping pattern is quite a strong one.

Unfortunately, not many people associate their sleeping pattern with their overall health. We are so driven and focused and straight up busy that we often do not have the time to delve into the many reasons that our health could be depleting. In some cases, something as simple as altering one’s diet or correcting a consistent and unhealthy lack of sleep could be all it takes to right the ship and return the body to its peak. Sometimes, correcting one’s sleep pattern is necessary in alignment with other directive actions, and even still it can be profoundly positive for the body. At the heart of it all, a good night’s sleep is important to keep the human body running well, and we should all be working towards instilling and maintaining a healthy sleeping pattern. Go ahead, try it. You might be surprised how quickly it impacts your whole health. What do you have to lose (certainly not sleep)?

Our whole health is so incredibly important, and yet it seems that we consistently let it slip time and again. One of the biggest impacts on poor whole health is our sleeping pattern. It sounds surprising, perhaps even silly, to suggest that maintaining a healthy sleeping pattern could have such a monumental impact on one’s whole health, but it can and it does. When it comes down to it, individuals who are more well rested, and who sleep in accordance with the rise and fall of the sun, are the very same people who are healthier overall. While of course this is not the case 100% of the time, it is for the clear majority of individuals. If there is one thing that we should be actively trying to align properly, it is our sleeping pattern. Consistently getting a good night’s sleep can and often does pull an individual’s whole health into more steady balance and focus.

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