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How good sleep can improve your overall health

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – We’ve all heard that sleep is important, but how important it is to our overall health. Well, according to several health officials, this is essential.

Nothing like a good night’s sleep, you wake up rejuvenated and ready to face the day ahead.
But, not many people realize all that sleep does for health, both proactively if we have enough and if we don’t have enough, it has its negative side effects.

Jamie Caldwell, founder of Caldwell Sleep Consulting and pediatric sleep specialist, says good sleep helps with everything from the cardiovascular system to hormone regulation and even your brain.

“Sleep is absolutely vital for the health of our brains,” Caldwell told News 19, along with sleep our brains can restore and repair themselves, “It is able to store new memories, it is able to process it properly. new information and this is also very important for the maturing brain. “

For children the process of brain maturation is extremely important at a young age, learning and retaining information and getting adequate amounts of sleep will help ensure that this process works effectively.

Most people think of sleep schedules as just for kids, but Caldwell and Wes Stubblefield of the Alabama Department of Public Health both agree that a sleep schedule has no age limit.

“I tell a lot of my families that trying to have the same sleep schedule is not only important for parents and children, but it makes the process of sticking to one a lot easier,” he said. Stubblefield said.

Caldwell says that when you have a good sleep schedule, your circadian rhythm is happy. The circadian rhythm is a natural internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and is repeated approximately every 24 hours.

Once it is in a rhythm, your body can adapt more easily and quickly.

“This will allow the sleep process to function more optimally, which means that the process of falling asleep, the process of maintaining sleep and obtaining restful REM sleep will go more smoothly when we stick to this right.” hourly, ”Caldwell mentioned.

But, having a good schedule after you get into a habit can be difficult.

Both Caldwell and Stubblefield have said that things like screen time or activity before bed can over-activate your brain and cause a restless night’s sleep.

“Don’t exercise or exercise too close to bedtime, drink caffeine, go up to screens too late at night or keep screens on or make noise at night, watch TV in your bedroom, these are all terrible things to sleep in, “Stubblefield told News 19.

But, is there such a thing as too much sleep, Caldwell says, “Everyone is different, so every body is different when it comes to getting enough sleep, it’s more about the quality of the sleep. sleep only about the amount of sleep, so it’s definitely quality over quantity when it comes to sleep. Caldwell said.

Quality sleep means good, deep sleep, sleeping through the night and not waking up all night.

Stubblefield says your bedroom should be a protected space, Caldwell adds that your sleeping environment should accommodate sleep and should be cave-like, dark, cool, and calm.

But at the end of the day, Caldwell wants people to pay as much attention to their brain health as they do to any other part of their body.

“It’s so important, we tend to glorify grinding, and go, go, go and live without sleep, and that’s how we do it and it’s our society, but your brain health is just as important as any of these other factors to the health of your body, ”Caldwell said.

While there are over-the-counter supplements and sleeping pills, Caldwell recommends practicing healthy sleep habits to get a good night’s sleep.


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