The most important thing we all need right now is something that’s become almost impossible to get.
No, it’s NOT toilet paper.
Sure, that’s in short supply, too. But when it comes to your overall health – and your ability to resist killer germs – few things are essential as a full night of rejuvenating sleep.
Our sleep patterns are off right now due to stress and a never-ending cycle of checking the news. And most of us probably hope we can lose a little sleep now and catch up later.
Do yourself a favor. Prioritize sleep over getting the latest updates, instead. Because new research reveals how the notion of “catching up” later has a fatal flaw.
It’s not just your immune system, your energy levels, and your mood that’s on the line, either.
It could DAMAGE your HEART, too.
“Catch up” from poor sleep? Think again
Even when the world isn’t going crazy, getting a good night’s sleep can be tough… especially during the week.
There’s just so much to do. Sleep? That’s what the weekends are for.
Well, friend, don’t count on the weekend, or any other day where you might sleep in, to make up for lost zzzs. Because that, as the new study shows, is a fatal mistake that could leave you down for the count.
In short, the more your sleep habits change over seven days – like short sleep during the week, but snoozing longer on the weekends – the BIGGER your risks.
As little as an hour of sleep differences can increase your risk of heart problems by a third. And two hours can DOUBLE those risks over five years.
2 simple changes help reset your rest clock
OK, it’s one thing to know this. It’s quite another to be able to DO SOMETHING about it. After all, when you can’t sleep… you can’t sleep. Or so it seems.
But here’s the thing. There ARE natural ways to de-stress, shut down, unwind, and finally get the rest you need.
And you can tackle this sleep problem from two angles at once to help reset your sleep clock.
- Don’t be afraid to turn off the TV, the radio, the computer, all of it. Just unplug. The news isn’t going to be that much different tomorrow than it is right now. So just shut it all out in the evening and turn to something fun and relaxing before bed.
- With or without stress beating down your door, it’s often tough to shut off your brain and sleep. Natural herbal relaxants such as chamomile and valerian root (commonly available as a tea) can often help. And if you need more help, consider the “sleep hormone” melatonin. Look for a dissolvable or spray form, which works faster and more efficiently than capsules.
Sleep can seem like a tall order right now. I get it. After all, we’re all in the same boat. But it’s vital to make shuteye a top priority to protect your health, your heart, and your sanity. These two simple changes can help.