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Five Relaxation Tips for Better Sleep

Posted by Nadia Charles on 4/15/15 1:00 AM

By Nadia Charles, Guest Blogger

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's article, "Why Is Sleep Important?", sleep helps maintain healthy brain function and emotional well-being and it serves a role in physical health, as well as ensuring one is able to function and be alert during waking hours. People who are sleep deprived may experience immediate, potentially devastating consequences such as driving accidents due to fatigue, or experience issues that build up over time, yet are no less devastating such as heart disease or diabetes. We've all heard the term “beauty sleep” and according to WebMD’s article, "Are You Getting Enough Beauty Sleep?” it's a real thing. Sleep is a natural restorative, renewing and repairing agent which, along with exercise and a healthy diet, can help reduce stress and signs of aging. It's common knowledge that an adult requires seven to eight hours of sleep, however, for many of us, that's easier said than done! Life demands a lot out of us, from career to child-rearing to social engagements. While there are many articles available online and in print on the subject of sleep, the focus of this article is to provide suggestions on how to achieve a state of relaxation, which we'd all agree is a requirement for sleep.

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