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Get good quality sleep

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“According to the Sleep Health Foundation, 7-8 hours a night won’t just help boost your energy levels,” Prevention Magazine Australia.

Sleep has been recognised as a major contributor to our health and our coaches couldn’t agree more!

Professor Kerryn Phelps wrote a whole chapter on sleep in her Ultimate Wellness book.

* Special 0ffer for Balance members… Click the link to download a copy of the Ultimate Wellness – Sleep Chapter

Are you one of those people who, when your head hits the pillow at night you fall fast asleep, sleep soundly for seven or eight hours and wake refreshed and ready to start the day? No? If that doesn’t sound like you then we have another clue as to why you might be feeling closer to 50 rather than 100 on the scale of wellness.

It is a well-known fact that sleep deprivation is bad for you, both emotionally and physically. Ask any parent of an unsettled baby or a restless toddler who is up night after night. Interrupted sleep can feel like torture. In fact, sleep deprivation has been used as a form of torture in warfare.

Lack of sleep makes it much harder to cope with day-to-day life. Your body needs sleep to replenish you for each day. If you are not getting enough sleep, sooner or later it shows. Dark circles under the eyes and a pale, drawn face do not paint a picture of good health.

And it is not just a matter of feeling ordinary and looking tired. Chronic lack of sleep has consequences for your health and can even be life-threatening. If you think I am overstating my case, then consider these examples.

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health has some important information about insomnia… Don’t forget to download the fact sheet.

 

Balance Team

This article was written by the brains trust of Balance . We are a talented team of writers and contributors with real life experience and a passion for finding balance.

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