As a culture, we have become so focused on “doing” that we have come to not place any value on rest.
Nowadays we typically get quite the opposite feedback, where people are rewarded for working long hours and considered lazy if they leave work after 8 hours.
It’s easy to see how this orientation towards work has left the majority of Americans thinking that sleep is not important and is a waste of time.
Dr. Russel from The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School even calls sleep-deprivation the “new normal," we predict that our view of sleep deprivation will shift in the same way as our view of smoking shifted from the 50s- lack of sleep is just as dangerous for your health as smoking!
I know this can sound like an inflammatory statement and I don’t make it lightly: the processes that happen during sleep have a direct relationship to your cognitive capacity today and your risk of developing cognitive decline in the future.
Sleep is a critical part of the 5 Pillars of Health. And I can hear the echoes of so many of my clients that have said, Ok, I want to get more sleep and know that I feel better when I do, but when I fall into bed at night I find that I cannot go to sleep!
If you are like many who suffer from occasional or even frequent difficulty falling or staying asleep, we will talk about many ways to support your sleep cycle during my online course,Your Healthy Mind.
One of my favorite minerals for sleep is Magnesium which helps support many aspects of cognitive health and in particular the processes in the body that lead to feeling calm and relaxed. To increase the amount of Magnesium in your cells, you can increase foods that are high in magnesium such as:
Leafy greens such as spinach and swiss chard
Nuts and seeds such as almonds, sesame and sunflower seeds
Dark Chocolate (>70%)
Yogurt or kefir
Are you ready to learn more about ways to promote healthy sleep?
Do you find it difficult to find time in your schedule to rest?
Do you rely on caffeine to wake you up and sleeping pills to fall asleep at night?
Join me for my online program, Your Healthy Mind, where we will learn more about the important role sleep plays in brain health and find ways that you too can enjoy the healing power of a good night’s rest!
To Your Health,
PS - Getting a good night's rest is critical to preventing cognitive decline as you age. Are you getting enough sleep? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.
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