Sleep – Nature’s Antioxidant

Happy New Year! This year, I resolve to improve sleep.I’m revisiting this topic because it  has the most profound effect on our health.

Generally any less than 8 hours of sleep is not enough for most people. Research has shown that just 2 hours of sleep deprivation leads to a whole-body inflammatory response that can be identified on blood tests. That means suboptimal sleep may be leading to or affecting pain, heart disease, allergies and many other conditions! In addition, sleep deprivation is known to decrease intellectual functioning, emotions and immune function! Consider also quality of sleep; make sure sleep is uninterrupted and on a regular daily schedule. This year reassess your sleep routine. The small changes  you make to improve sleep will benefit you immediately the next day and for decades in the future!

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