When you get better sleep, you'll gain the kind of health and happiness that lottery winners have.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to win the lottery? No need to wonder anymore, though unfortunately, you won't be getting the lottery jackpot. What you will get instead is a health and happiness jackpot that can last you a lifetime.
We have long known that sleep has a lot of benefits. In a recent study, researchers propose that better sleep is an important component of public health. Improving your sleep quality leads to productivity, alertness during the day, and improved overall well-being.
Sleeplessness or lack of sleep, on the other hand, can be a public health hazard. Lack of sleep or poor sleep quality increases the risks of developing depression, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases. It can also adversely affect productivity or lead to traffic accidents.
The Lottery of Better Sleep
When you play the lottery, there's a small chance that you'll win. However, when you play the lottery of sleep, you're guaranteed to win.
The researchers studied the sleep patterns of over 30,500 people in the UK over a span of four years. They found that improved sleep led to overall well-being like that found in people who won a jackpot of ₤200,000. That's equivalent to about US $248,000.
Research showed that people who reported better sleep also scored better on the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ). Mental health professionals use the GHQ to measure people's overall psychological well-being. The participants in the research who reported improved sleep quality scored an additional two points in the GHQ. Researchers also found that these participants improved their physical health as well.
Getting better sleep is not just about getting more sleep, though quantity is an important factor. It's more about quality. Falling asleep naturally is also better than using medication. The researchers found that people who rely on sleep medication can have less than optimal physical and mental health.
The researchers also say that society should promote improving the quality of sleep as a means towards better public health. After all, it's much cheaper and it also has long-term benefits.
How to Sleep Better
So what do you have to do to improve your sleep quality and feel like a couple hundred thousand bucks?
Establishing a routine, at least for sleeping, is an effective way to improve sleep quality. It's best to go to bed and wake up at the same time every night. That way, you're training your body to fall asleep and wake up naturally.
If you smoke, sleeping better is another incentive for you to finally quit. Nicotine is a stimulant, which means it can keep you awake for longer. It can also cause breathing problems that can negatively impact your sleep. While we're on the topic of stimulants, make sure that you don't drink coffee or other caffeinated drinks a few hours before bed.
There are many other ways to get better sleep naturally. You'll definitely find a way to improve your sleep and win that health and happiness jackpot.
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