The importance of sleep is major

 

Importance-of-a-good-night’s-sleep-01-BlogIf you are anything like me and remain stubborn, you might not give much thought to the importance of sleep. I often prefer to just avoid the feelings of fatigue and I just keep moving along. Even though I probably have experienced one or both before, I never knew exactly what it meant sleep deprived or sleep deficiency until writing this and now I have a lot of information to share with y’all.

The bottom line is, sleep is crucial for good health and well-being throughout our lives.sleep The amount, quality of and sleeping during the right times can assist in protecting our mental health, physical health, quality of our life and even our own safety.

While we are asleep, our bodies are working to support both healthy brain function and maintaining our physical health. Sleep also enhances our learning, problem-solving skills, the ability to pay attention, making decisions and our own creativity.

blogger-image-1047161850.jpgOur immune system relies heavily on sleep in order to remain healthy and to continue defending own bodies against foreign and harmful substances. This should really grab the attention of all of us, especially those of us that already have weaker immune system, and heighten our desire to change our sleep patterns so our immune system can be stronger.

Deep sleep triggers our body to release hormones that promote normal growth. The hormone that is released during heavy sleep actually boosts muscle mass and helps repair cells and tissues. This hormone also maintains a healthy balance between the feelings hunger and09_15_i_powerofsleep-copy.jpg feeling full.

We just briefly went over some of the positives regarding getting the proper amount of sleep; let’s now go over the negative aspects to not getting enough sleep. Sleep deficiency can alter parts of the brain, including trouble making decisions, solving problems and controlling our emotions and behaviors. Sleep deficiency also can lead to depression, risk taking behaviors and can go as far as suicide.

Ongoing sleep deficiency has been linked to many other risks, including obesity, heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. Continued sleep deficiency can drastically change responses from the immune system which will make it fighting against common infections very difficult.

Effects-of-Sleep-DeprivationAfter only a few nights of losing as little as 1-2 hours of sleep our ability to function is compromised and causes us to be less productive than if we actually got the sleep needed. For some reason it was shocking to me that after only losing a few hours of sleep a couple nights in a row can and does cause so many issues for us. I know that my sleep patterns are not good and I very rarely get enough sleep, which really needs to change!

Another thing I would have NEVER expected is sleepiness causes just as many if not more accidents than drunk driving. It is a fact that about 100,000 accidents and 1,500 deaths yearly are due to driving without enough sleep. The reason this caught my eye so much is because I have always refused to get behind the wheel of a car after even just one drink, but yet I drive most of the time without enough sleep.

The chart below is from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). These are recommendations for what is proper sleep.

Age                          Recommended amount of sleep

4-12 months old       12-16 hours, including naps

1-2 years old            11-14 hours, including naps

3-5 years old            10-13 hours

6-12 years old          9-12 hours

13-18 years old                8-10 hours

18 and older            7-8 hours

Sleep deprivation and sleep deficiency can affect people of any age, race and ethnicity. 7-signs-of-sleep-deficiency.pngHowever, the list below shows who could be at a greater risk:

  • Has limited time to sleep, such as caregivers, those working longer hours and or working more than one job.
  • Those with a work schedule that conflicts with their internal clocks, like shift workers.
  • Making lifestyle choices preventing sleep. For instance taking medicine to stay awake during the day, abusing alcohol and or drugs.
  • Undiagnosed or untreated medical problems, such as stress, anxiety or sleep disorders.
  • Having a medical condition or taking medication that interferes with sleep.

There are actually a few medical conditions that have been linked to sleep disorders such as; heart failure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, depression and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Sleep deficiency can cause you to feel very sleepy during the day and not feeling refreshed and alert when you wake up. This can cause a person to have a variety of issues to deal with like problems learning, focusing, trouble making decisions, memory issues, controlling emotions and behaviors, coping with change and taking longer to complete tasks. If you feel you could doze off during any of the following symptoms you might be experiencing sleep deficiency:

  • Sitting to read a book or watching TV
  • Sitting in a public place; like a movie theater, meeting at work or classroom
  • Riding in a car for an hour without a break
  • Sitting and talking to someone
  • Sitting quietly after lunch
  • Sitting in traffic for a few minutes

Sleep-DeprivationOnce you have realized that you are sleep deprived it is vital to start taking the proper steps to improve for the sake of your own health. If we start getting enough sleep nightly we may find we are not only happier, but also more productive.

Steps to improve our sleep habits may include:

  • Trying to keep the same sleep schedule daily, even on the weekends. Limiting the difference to no more than one hour is important. Going to bed later and sleeping in on the weekends can and will disrupt the body’s internal clock.
  • Use the hour before bedtime as quiet time. Avoid strenuous activities and bright artificial light from the TV or computer screen. The light that comes from a TV or computer screen can signal the brain that it is time to be awake.
  • Avoid heavy and or large meals within a few hours prior to bedtime. Also avoid alcohol before bedtime.
  • Avoid nicotine, caffeine, tea, soda and chocolate. The effects from these can last up to 8 hours, which could make it difficult to fall asleep.
  • Spend time outside and be active during the day.
  • Keep your bedroom quiet, cool and dark.
  • Take a hot bath or try other relaxation techniques before bedtime.
  • Adults should limit nap-time. If a nap is necessary, it should not be more than 20 minutes.

b0c97863a133d3e681c89beadb0f7a6b--art-tutorial-inspirational-postersThank y’all for visiting my site today. The topic of proper sleep has always been an issue for me. It seems as soon as I lay my head down my thoughts start getting out of control and run on high speed. I do the best I can, but still never get the right amount of sleep. Do y’all deal with this issue and if so what do you do about it?

I hope you are enjoying your weekend the best you can. I think the weekend went by way too fast and our new week starts again tomorrow. Maybe the weekend went by fast because of the time change, but that should actually make the weekend longer. I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on this post and I know you will have excellent ideas. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and may positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤  

                                                                                   

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Let It Go Friday!

241852-happy-friday-good-morning-quote-with-cats.jpgHAPPY FRIDAY Y’ALL!! It has been one hell of a week and I am SO glad it is almost over! Between the crazy weather and ignorant people I work with, I am feeling completely worn out. I have absolutely no reason for this, but Wednesday night I could hardly sleep. I think I may have gotten 2 hours and then worked 8 very long hours! I am sure if I really thought long and hard about it I would figure out the reasons for my restless night, but what’s the point? There isn’t really one! Dwelling on the reasons I think I couldn’t sleep and what I should have done about it isn’t going to change a thing. So I am going to let go of those thoughts and just move on with life!

Are y’all excited the weekend is almost here? And on top of that we are welcome-november-1_bertjr-6welcoming November. I still have no clue what happened to all the other months, as it seems like they came and went in the blink of an eye! Just think, after this we will welcome December and Christmas will be here! I am just not at all ready to be in the holiday spirits, but maybe that will change at some point.

Just-because-someones-opinion-is-different-than-your-own-it-does-not-mean-they-are-wrong.The crazy thing about life is, everyone has a different opinion of various situations. Is there a right or wrong answer? For the most part, I really do not think there is. Of course there are exceptions to this because morals are morals and nothing can or should change that. However, the way someoneimages chooses to live their life and the choices they make, as long as they are not hurting anyone should be respected. We do not always have to agree with each and we are all entitled to our own opinions, but again those opinions should just be respected and no one should ever try to change your outlook.

Y’all know I think Friday, especially after a very long week, it the perfect time to let go of any negative feelings we may be carry around with us. We are all smart enough to know that carrying those feelings around with us will only hold us back from enjoying life. Life is short and allowing negative feelings to build up will NEVER do us any good! The quote I want to share with y’all today is so powerful and I hope it will help you let go of anything pessimistic that occurred during the week.17265377_1436939489711995_334704791332585472_n

Thank you so much for visiting my site today! I hope you have a wonderful Friday and then your weekend is filled with nothing but joy! I am really looking forward to reading your thoughts on this quote and really the entire post. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Pick Me Up Thursday!

you-say-thursday-i-say-friday-eve-have-a-tayzerific-10147394-e1554939166168Good morning y’all! I hope you have had a great week and the upcoming weekend will bring you LOTS of joy! This week has had some ups and downs mixed with many frustrations. What I can say though is, none of the downs and frustrations will keep me down long! I made the decision to look past negative and focus on the positives in my life.

Two days in a row of chilly and rainycat weather can be very melancholy. The rain and chill causes me to feel pain more. However, I think that is the same for many across the world. Good news is, I do not work this weekend and I think the rain will let up or at least that is what the weather man says, and we all know how accurate he is!

The quote I want to share with y’all today I find pretty amazing and I hope you will as well! No one is dealt the perfect hand in life, but we do have the ability to make the most of everyday! Let’s all continue to try making a masterpiece of the life we were given, no matter what struggles we tend to face!make-your-life-a-masterpiece-brian-tracy-motivational-quotes

I hope you have a wonderful day and you do not allow anyone to cause you sadness and or tears. Maybe I am wrong, but anyone that causes us to not feel like the truly amazing people we are, probably should not be part of our life anyway. A perfect stranger can say dont let it change your smilesomething ugly to us because they are being judgmental, but does what they think really matter or change anything at all? My answer is NO! My co-workers can think what they want of the amount of hours I am willing to work. I can say without doubt that even if some weeks I work fewer hours than they do, the hours I put in were far more successful than theirs because I am dedicated to my work, even if I don’t care much for the job! Yes, that sounds a little crazy!

Thank y’all for visiting my site today! I do appreciate you taking the time to read and really love reading your comments, which I will respond to as quickly as I can! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

With all the various doctors I have to see, this Echo is very helpful. This allows me to record before my appointments what I want to discuss with my doctor! I mean come on, we all have so much going on with our health and life in general, it is easy to forget some details and then you have to wait days or weeks before you can speak to the doctor again! This can solve that problem!! 

 

My Open Letter to Pain

pain go awayDear Pain,

Our relationship started so many years ago and let’s be honest it has never been a healthy relationship. I have tried to break free from you for years, but somehow you manage to always find a way to sneak back into my life.

At this point I do not even remember exactly

when all of this pain started. It is both sad and crazy it has been that log and I can’t pinpoint a day! It seems as though you just creeped on me until you pretty much consumed my days. You have always been an unwelcomed intruded who wanted to invade my life and almost control me. Unfortunately, the harder I fight you, the more persistent you are.download (5)

When I sit here thinking about our history I do know you slowly started causing me pain in my only my legs. While having consistent pain in both legs wasn’t easy, I felt like in a strange way a little more control of you. I don’t remember you causing me as many tears back then, but this was just the beginning of a long relationship.

download (7)As our very toxic relationship progressed, my pain travelled through more areas in my body. Let’s see, the next area you tried to take over was in my mid to lower back. This was still early on and was absolutely horrible. It seemed like no matter what I did, I was still in excruciating pain. Nothing was really helping this type of pain, but early on a heating pad did help some. Of course I still deal with this now, but it is SO much more intense. Yes, heat does still help some, but not as much as it used to. I do the best I can to ignore you, but you just never take a break!

In addition you are trying to make my massive headaches/migraines to take me out of commission because you know it is the only pain I can’t handle. These miserable 895ff6a44348f4a668000c879dd12480headaches/migraines have become more frequent and much more severe! The only thing that seems to help a  little is a dark, quite room with an ice pack on my head for hours. Unfortunately, I can’t really do this while at work and I have to go home early.

These days not only do I feel you in my legs, my mid to lower back and the head, but you are now trying to attack my neck, shoulders and arms. Did I just not pay you enough attention and that upset you? Do you just need me to acknowledge you and allow you to take the wheel of my life? Well this isn’t going to happen because I am not going to allow you the control me anymore.

Oh and I almost forgot the lovely MS hug! What is the point of this anyways? That originalhorrible feeling that the life is being squeezed out of you is so mean! You already know that nothing helps this at all, so why force me to deal with at various times?

All the years that have gone by, I need to break free from you. It is now time to separate and just END this relationship. I am sure you think I am going to give up, but I refuse to! Our relationship is OVER and you need to just walk away and accept it! Please leave me alone!

Goodbye pain, this is the end!

Alyssa

Thank y’all for visiting my site today and reading my letter to pain. I think I have lived with this pain long enough and it is time for it to stop. I have been reading more books about MS and even though I have lived with this illness for almost 2 decades, these books were helpful. I do believe they would be beneficial for anyone that either lives with this illness or has someone close them with MS. I think the books I have read give a pretty good explanation of this unpredictable illness. Please never forget that no matter what I am dealing with I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

Motivational Monday!

its monday sparkle and shineGood morning y’all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and you are ready for a new week to start. I know I just had 2 days off in a row, but my goodness it never seems like enough. I do think there is a chance that things at work will start getting easier because we have a new person working with us, so I will basically work every 3rd or 4th weekend which is great for me! I had planned to sleep in this past weekend, but it didn’t actually happen. I think I ended up getting even less sleep, but at least I did not have to go anywhere and could lay around watching TV. 

I find the quote that I am sharing with y’all today very powerful for so many reasons and I hope you will as well! 050e151d68840244162c0fbba21b5e404b2e0-wm

I would really love to know what you think about this quote, as I know your thoughts will be amazing! This may only be a few words, but they speak volumes to me. There is so much unnecessary hatred in this world today and only because too many just want toBe Awesome follow along by listening to those that are full of hate. I think we need more people to speak up when something isn’t right and stand up for what they truly believe in their hearts because doing nothing only contributes to the hate.

Thank you so much for visiting my site today. I hope your Monday starts your week off great and the days only get better for you! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

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*Rest & Alone Time Good for the soul!*

let-discuss.jpgLet’s have an open and honest discussion about something that is very important to all of us! What do you do when there are several things you either want to do or need to do, but your body is screaming for you to stop and rest?  Do you try your best to ignore pleads from your overworked and weary body and keep going on? Or do you take a step back and listen to what your body is begging you for? Honestly, even though I know it would be best to rest, I tend to push myself not to stop or even slow down at all.life changes

Considering I do want to start making positive changes in my life, I wanted to find out how beneficial restful alone time can be for a person. This is going so sound a little crazy, but I almost felt like this information was granting me permission to have my pleasant alone time and not feel guilty or selfish for doing so.

Unfortunately, finding peace in the world today isn’t an easy task to take on and can exhaustingPositive Life Affirmation and Old Thought Patterns

to try. We see so much hatred and negativity every single day and that is SO WRONG! Even with that said, I do still believe, although it may only be short lived, there are minor things we can do for peace and comfort. I am going to list a few benefits to having your own personal and quit alone time!

  • Alone time gives you the opportunity to unwind and reboot your brain. If your brain is constantly turned “ON”, you are not giving your brain a chance to replenish itself. Time alone with no distractionsimages (7) allows for you to clear your mind, focus, and think a lot more clearly than before. This gives you the chance to revitalize both you mind and body!
  • Alone time can help improve concentration skills and even increase your productivity. If we can remove distractions and interruption from our lives the best we can, our concentration abilities will improve, which will help you get more work done, images (8)is less the time. Spending time by yourself gives you time to discover who you are and to hear your voice. When you are in a group with other people, you tend to just go along with whatever others said, even if it isn’t the action you think would be best.
  • You will have an opportunity to think far deeper if you are left alone with your thoughts, rather than in a group. On a normal day we are thinking or stressing about what our to-do list entails. Try to take short periods of time to sit alone and allow your thoughts to come alive!deep-quotes-every-saint-has-a-past-every-sinner-has-a-future-oscar-wilde-wisdom-quotes
  • It is often difficult to work through our troubles when we are surrounded with interruptions from either other humans or electronics. We do have a better chance to solve our problems if we take time and process things alone.
  • Spending time alone can improve your relationships. If you have spent time by yourself, you will have a better understanding of who you are and who you want to surround yourself with. Once you spent time alone, you will be able to appreciate Zenspirations®_by_Joanne_Fink_Blog_12_4_17_Let_Ypur_Creativity_Shineyour relationships with more love and honesty.
  • Alone time creates a space for creativity to grow and expand! Spending time alone allows your mind to wander candidly activating the brain’s default mode network that is responsible for most original thoughts and ideas.
  • Spending time alone increases self-sufficiency. This gives you the chance to self-reflect and even become comfortable with who you are. You will also be motivated to form your own opinions, free from judgment and criticism from others.

I hope you have found this information as interesting and helpful as I did. I believe allb0c97863a133d3e681c89beadb0f7a6b--art-tutorial-inspirational-posters of us should be learning more and evolving. I really appreciate you taking time to read this. I am not pushing you make a comment, but I would really like to encourage you to do so. I look forward to reading your thoughts because all of you are pretty great. I hope your weekend has been full of happy time and pain free! Please always remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤ , comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

P.S I hope everything came out okay with this post, WP was giving me troubles this evening

Let It Go Friday!

smile its fridayGood morning and happy Friday y’all! I hope you have had an excellent week without anything causing you sadness and or stress. I don’t think life was never meant to be easy, but it always comes with many struggles that only build our strength and character. Think about the something that has caused you to feel defeated and/or sad. Now think about how you made it through that difficult situation. You made it throughdont let it change your smile that difficult time because you were determined and strong enough to do so.

The quote I want to share with y’all is pretty powerful and completely doable! I really look forward to reading your thoughts about it and promise to respond as quickly as I can.let go 16

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today! I always appreciate you taking the time to not only read what I have shared, but also leaving fantastic comments. It really means a lot to me that no matter how behind I get in the blogging community, I images (7)still have your continued support!

I hope you have a wonderful day filled with tons of joy! I also hope you are able to do anything and everything you want over the weekend. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤