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If you struggle with getting a restful night's sleep, or just don't make sleep a priority, it can take a toll on your health.

Some common symptoms of sleep deprivation are moodiness, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and somatic symptoms like pain.

Foundation of Health can help you get to the root of your sleep problems so you don't need to suffer from these symptoms or the added stress of constantly running on empty.

Here Are Five Reasons to Improve Your Sleep Quality:

1. Sleep Improves Energy Levels

A healthy and consistent sleep routine can help you improve and maintain your energy levels.

Some tricks for improving your sleep hygiene include sleeping in a cool room and not using screens (like TVs and smartphones) in the bedroom or before bed.

2. Sleep Recharges the Brain

Based on the symptoms of sleep deprivation, we know that sleep is key for proper brain functioning.

Sleep gives your brain a chance to rest and process what happened the day before. Without a good night's sleep, this process is disrupted.

3. Sleep Boosts the Immune System

Getting proper sleep helps you stay healthy and fight off things like the cold or the flu.

The immune system relies on balance. When lack of sleep throws this balance off, it can have a big impact on your immune system.

4. Sleep Stabilizes Your Weight

Research has shown that people who sleep longer tend to have lower BMIs.

This is in part because sleep deprivation is associated with eating more calories. If you sleep well, you feel rested and ready for the day and don't snack more for extra fuel.

5. Sleep Helps Cells Repair Themselves

When you're injured you usually need to rest, right? That's partly because during sleep your body releases hormones that encourage tissue growth.

A person who gets proper sleep will heal from wounds faster than someone who suffers from insomnia or another sleep disorder.

Dr. Nielsen has been practicing family medicine for over 10 years with a special interest in women's health, mental health (anxiety and depression disorders) and hormonal disorders.

  Posted: Tuesday, September 26th, 9:52pm a year ago

With Dr. Nielsen’s help, (I am) coping much easier with life and feeling truly alive again. I am feeling much stronger, more confident and happier than I have in at least 10 years, and remain blissfully drug free! -Shannon E.


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