Sleep: Nature's Fountain Of Youth
edited: Monday, May 06, 2002
By Darlene C. Zagata
Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2001
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We need the proper amount of sleep in order to look and feel our best. With our hectic schedules we sometimes neglect proper rest. Read why sleep is so important.
Sleep is a necessary requirement in maintaining proper health. Without adequate sleep our bodies and minds do not function to the best of their ability. Some people may be able to function on less sleep than others but the fact remains that we all need a certain amount of sleep on a regular basis in order to maintain optimum health.
Lack of sleep does not only affect our physical health, but our mental and emotional health as well. The mind does not function as clearly when sleep is lacking. Reflexes are slower than usual and motor skills are impaired. Short-term memory suffers dramatically from inadequate rest.
Our emotional state becomes indifferent as we begin to have mood swings and many may suffer from depression. When a person is not getting a sufficient amount of sleep, even the most patient type of person may begin to exhibit characteristics such as impatience and irritability.
As you can see, adequate sleep is necessary for total wellness. Although maintaining health is the main and most important reason for getting enough sleep, it is not the only one.
Adequate sleep is also good for the appearance. With the right amount of rest the skin looks healthier and more youthful. Sleep really does make a significant difference right down to the clearness and sparkle in the eyes.
I had worked night shift at my job for several months and was not getting adequate sleep. I was up all night and most of the day. I was exhausted. My moods were changing drastically and I looked as if I had aged ten years. I saw the same effects in my friends and co-workers who were also lacking sleep.
I am no longer working night shift and within a few short weeks I have noticed significant improvements. I am no longer exhausted. I have more energy. My memory has improved. Believe it or not, I actually look younger now that I am getting proper rest. My skin looks smoother and healthier and my eyes are brighter and clearer.
Don't take my word for, if you've been skimping on sleep, try getting more rest and see the difference for yourself.
Mother Nature has provided us with her own fountain of youth. It is a beauty secret called Sleep. It's free, easy and available to all. Give it a try!