//YOLO: Chill, relax, take a nap

YOLO: Chill, relax, take a nap

We’ve heard for ages, eight hours a night does a body right. So is it a fact or myth?

Don’t think too long.

The answer is fact, and it’s a fact that should be paid attention to.

Lack of sleep can make it unbearable to deal with everyday life and stressful situations since it affects our thought process.

Getting a good night’s sleep helps with positive thinking and having a more rested body and mind.

Sleep assists in the healing and repair of the heart and blood vessels. It reduces stress and helps the body fight infections. It also improves memory and mood.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least seven hours of sleep a day for adults.Sleep is fundamental for brain function, which includes cognition, concentration, productivity and performance.

The body heals itself between 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. That’s when you receive the most regenerative and deepest sleep, according to Dr. Oz.

Yet, about 70% of today’s generation are either at work, online, or awake and not allowing those critical hours to do their part.

While sleep is essential to our daily routines, rest is what the body craves.

“Rest involves a whole being, not just your body,” according to AdventHealth.

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Millennials tend to work constantly, and some love to party excessively.

Studies show people who are deprived of sleep are more likely to become ill after being exposed to a virus as simple as the common cold.

According to Web MD, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes are attributed to sleep deprivation.

Naps are not just for babies. Sleep plays a significant role in health and wellness.

It is just as essential as water, food and laughter.

Here are a few tips for a good night sleep:

Avoid screens: Phones, TV, tablets, laptops, etc.

Avoid lights: Bright lights, fluorescent, all lights except candlelight, which should be blown out before eyes close.

Repetition: Allowing your body to sleep at the same time every night gives your brain a schedule and your body something to look forward to.

Relax: Clear thoughts, meditate, sage, listen to serene noises, water, rain, trees, etc. Even a calming bath will signal the brain to relax.

Follow your body’s demands: Your body will always let you know what it needs.

Until next time. Get some Zs.

Maureen Joseph

Maureen Joseph is the CEO of Golden Drops, an author, hairstylist, and Caribbean America Web contributor.