“O sleep! O gentle sleep! Nature’s soft nurse…”  Shakespeare.

This is a good time to think about the importance of sleep, as we move our clocks ahead for Daylight Savings Time, and we will lose one hour of precious sleep.

How important is sleep?

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our daily routine. Our body and mind revives and goes through reparations and restorations during this time.

It turns out that sleep gives the body, mind and senses time to rejuvenate.  Our brain is refreshed and cleansed of its waste products during this time.

The best bedtime is between 9 and 10 pm and arising by 6 am. If we sleep during these times we stay in sync with nature.  When the sun goes down, we should follow suit.  Likewise, when the sun arises, we should too.

Going to bed early and waking up early is following nature’s rhythms and that action helps keep our body healthy.

To help improve sleep, a good habit to get into is gentle exercise, like a short walk, before eating an early dinner. A foot massage before bedtime also aids in deep sleep.

Upon arising we should feel refreshed and energized.

The following link takes you to a TED MED talk on some new discoveries about the importance of sleep.

http://go.ted.com/2nm

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