A good night of quality sleep of seven to nine hours will help the body rest, but also, recover, repair, and recuperate. There are many systems in the body and they are all interconnected, so if one system does not recover from the stresses of the day, all of the others will be affected.

If you are having physical, emotional or hormonal issues, it could be related in some way to your lack of proper sleep. The immune system can be compromised up to sixty percent with just one poor night of sleep.

We need to make a conscious effort to improve our sleep patterns or our organs and glands will feel the effects and will succumb to accelerated aging and disease. It is no wonder that sleep deprivation has been linked to vitamin deficiencies, diabetes and hypoglycemia, among other health challenges.

Here are some things to remember when prioritizing sleep in your life. Just as we have moved away from real food, we have moved away from getting up at the crack of dawn and going to bed as the sun sets.

Synthetic light, just like modern convenience foods, is a new phenomenon and it clearly has an adverse effect on our health. The body has a circadian rhythm that normally follows the cycle of the sun. But man-made light, made to imitate the sun, can throw the body’s natural rhythm off. If you followed a healthy circadian rhythm you would see hormonal patterns develop. This is important, as the balance of hormones in your body is a major indicator of your health.

Concerning improving your lifestyle to attain optimal wellness, Hippocrates was "dead" on! Read a few more words of wisdom!

Hippocrates also said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health”.

Optimal health is obtainable, and it CAN be done safely; it just takes a little effort and a real understanding of the importance of our everyday lifestyle choices.

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