There are many things that play into the physical and mental well-being of men over sixty. Diet, exercise, and even stress can play an important role in how we perform on a daily basis. But, what if I told you that the single most beneficial thing for your body is a good night’s sleep? Every year there are more and more studies conducted that come to the same conclusion, a good night’s sleep can help maximize human performance.

The importance of sleep.

There may not be anything more important to the human body than high-quality sleep, except for maybe oxygen and water. The sleep/wake cycle is intimately linked to mental and physical performance. Sleep loss can result in not just less energy, but also lessen cognitive function, negatively affect athletic performance, cause a rise in blood pressure, weaken the immune system, and even contribute to higher levels of insulin resistance. Point blank, a quality night of sleep helps your brain function. A good night’s sleep can help increase both learning and problem solving skills, decrease depression and stress, and physically a good night’s sleep can decrease the risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and even decrease the risk of obesity. Older men who get a quality night of sleep are better able to regulate their natural hormone levels, and increase their overall energy levels and reaction time.

Usage & side effects of sleeping pills.

Almost all prescription and over the counter sleeping pills come with the risk of side effects. Some of these side effects include: constipation, muscle aches, feeling of dizziness, trouble concentrating, headaches, and daytime sleepiness. The amount of side effects, and the intensity of side effects, depends on the specific medication, the dosage, how long it takes the body to process the sleeping pill, and many other factors. However, it’s almost impossible to determine which specific side effects you will experience prior to taking the sleeping pills. Not to mention the fact that sleeping pills are almost always considered to be for short-term use only, and prolonged usage can result in rebound insomnia, and daytime fatigue, a side effect that has been shown to be responsible for a large amount of automobile accidents per year.

There are some more natural types of sleeping pills on the market today. Many of which include ingredients such as: chamomile, Valerian root, kava kava, lemon balm, melatonin, and lavender. However, many professionals warn that certain herbal ingredients, such as St. John’s Wart, can interfere with common medications like blood thinners or birth control pills. It’s best to check with your doctor before starting any herbal medications.

Healthy sleeping tips & natural remedies.

Studies suggest that how we stimulate the brain can have an effect on the quality of our sleep. Many professionals suggest turning electronic devices off at least forty-five minutes prior to bed-time. Having relaxing bedtime rituals, and following a structured sleep schedule, will help your body fall into its natural sleeping rhythm, and lead to a higher quality sleep in the long run. Some other tips and natural remedies for a good night’s sleep include avoiding caffeine and nicotine, using the bedroom solely for sleep and sex, and making use of natural sleep aids, such as: exercise prior to bedtime, cooler temperatures (between 65-70 degrees is ideal), and using relaxation techniques like deep breathing, mediation, or even stretching prior to getting into bed.

Good sleep is essential to good living. Take the time to relax and put yourself into a natural sleep cycle that works best for your body. Start with 7-8 quality hours of sleep, and talk to your medical provider if you’re experiencing difficulty sleeping or symptoms of insomnia.

Originally posted 2015-12-07 16:37:20.

NWilkinson
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I’m Nick Wilkinson. I writer and radio personality who lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
With over 14 years of experience in the Behavioral Health Field, I’ve been working in close contact with kids from all walks of life.
Specializing in teenagers and young adults, I’ve been a career long supporter of “verbal de-escalation” and non-violent crisis intervention. I believe that what you say, and how you say it, are the keys to successful communication. I currently write about men's health topics, parenting and child abuse topics, and other social issues. You can visit my blog at www.ActingNotReacting.com

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11 thoughts on “Getting Enough Sleep Will Increase Your Productivity

  • 29 March 2016 at 12:52 PM
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    I used to do the sleeping pill thing when I couldn’t get enough sleep for work. After a while I could tell that things were not right and I stopped them right away. I have learned that by changing my diet I get a better sleep, so sometimes you can do it naturally.

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  • 29 February 2016 at 9:31 AM
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    The natural remedies for sleep issues look to be well worth a try. I am one of those people who will not take sleeping pills.

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  • 29 February 2016 at 8:59 AM
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    I will not take meds I do not need to save my life, so sleeping pills are not an option. I am going to give the natural remedies for my crappy sleep pattern a try. Thanks for the tips.

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  • 22 February 2016 at 1:08 PM
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    I never had an issue with lack or sleep or being unproductive until I started to suffer from insomnia. Now I know how much the human mind and body depend on adequate sleep. I found confirmation of what I knew already here, and a couple of tips that may come in useful. I do not want to start down that road paved with sleeping pills so natural sleep remedies are what I was looking for.

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  • 12 February 2016 at 9:44 PM
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    Catch 22 – I am so sleep deprived I am having trouble researching about sleep deprivation and the affects lacking sleep causes.

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  • 5 February 2016 at 1:33 PM
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    This was a great post. Long ago I was a volunteer in a sleep deprivation study. Not only is productivity hindered but so is mental acuity, the immune system, and mechanical skills. Since participating in that study over 40 years ago I have made sure I get a good night sleep if it is humanly possible.

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  • 4 February 2016 at 9:45 PM
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    This was very interesting and will be helpful. I have had insomnia or something for months now. It is rare for me to sleep through the night and I have trouble falling asleep too. I do not want to take sleeping pills so have been reading up on sleep issues. Still I do not have the issue beaten, but I am sure I will do so naturally, eventually, at least I hope so.

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  • 28 January 2016 at 2:51 AM
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    It’s strange how you don’t need as much sleep as you used to before. I always thought I’d sleep more as I age, but the opposite happened. 7 hours is enough for me. Maybe I was just being lazy, LOL!

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  • 21 January 2016 at 12:39 PM
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    When you have difficulty sleeping, it’s best to find out what the cause is first. Is it stress? Take valerian. Is it restless legs or leg cramps during the night? Take magnesium (same goes for nightmares), is the air maybe too dry or is your bedroom too cold? Trouble sleeping in? Melatonin is your saviour! Also, try avoiding blue light before bed, this has made a huge difference for me.

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  • 18 January 2016 at 7:04 AM
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    This was a great article. I have been lacking sleep for weeks. Sure enough, I put in the same hours but I am getting less and less done. Time to recharge the batteries I guess.

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  • 16 January 2016 at 1:59 PM
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    When we miss sleep in order to keep up with our 24/7 world, we pay a price with our ability to learn, our health and safety, and our quality of life. I know it the best! I have worked few years a lot! 4 hours of sleep and keep going. Your fine for some time but then it hits you.. You’re lost emotionally and burned inside and it takes a lot of time to get back.
    I would suggest:
    Sleep well
    Eat well
    Rest emotionally
    Thanks NWilkinson for article. And readers please take your health seriously.

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