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Your health will suffer if you're not getting enough sleep!

by , 26 February 2013

The easiest way to feel under the weather is to cut your crucial sleep time short. Because sleep is essential to more than just helping you feel rested when you wake up. During sleep, your body produces several very important substances that are essential to your well-being, vitality, length and quality of life, explains FSP Health. And research is now finding that lack of sleep changes your genes, making you more likely to get sick. Luckily there are a few natural ways to get you snoring away soon.

Sleep deprived? Struggling to drift off at night and battling with insomnia? 
 
You could be facing bigger health issues than just waking up feeling tired. 
 
Lack of sleep actually changes your body and makes you sick!
 
Researchers now say a lack of sleep changes our genes that rebuild tissue in the body. 
 
This means a lack of sleep can actually make you ill, says the BBC NewsRound.
 
The team at the University of Surrey tested the blood of people who had different amounts of sleep and found that more than 700 genes changed when people had slept only six hours a night for a week.
 
“If people regularly restrict their sleep, it is possible that the disruption that we see could have an impact over time that ultimately determines their health outcomes as they age in later life,” said study co-author Simon Archer, who studies sleep at the University of Surrey, in England on Health24.
 
So if you’re not getting enough sleep (the optimum amount is eight hours), best you do something about it.
 
Four lifestyle changes to make sure you’re getting enough sleep!
 
WebMD suggests the following four tips to get more sleep and improve your health:
 
1. Cut caffeine and nicotine from your diet, as the effects can take as long as eight hours to wear off and keeps you from drifting off. 
 
2. Avoid alcohol before bedtime as it causes disturbances in sleep resulting in less restful sleep
 
3. Regular exercise can help you get a good night's sleep, but you’ll need to figure out of exercising in the morning or at night is best for you. 
 
4. Don’t go to bed hungry, but also avoid heavy meals before bedtime as this can affect your quality of sleep.
 
FSP Health warns that a lack of sleep also increases your blood-sugar levels, which could lead to obesity and diabetes.
 
So to keep your body healthy, follow these four tips to make sure you’re getting enough sleep!
 

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