Millions of American comb through aisles upon aisles of retail stores or watch intently the plethora of infomercials on television in search of the perfect exercise DVD. They spend diligent time at a health club or working out and meticulously maneuvering through the kitchen with plenty of fruits and vegetables in tow.
From healthy smoothies to high leg kicks, diet and exercise play an enormous part in overall health and wellness. But often overlooked is the absolutely important aspect of a good night's sleep. Those who employ exemplary eating habits in addition to an amazing workout regime may still struggle with feelings of fatigue, exhaustion or soreness not associated with a stressful job or too much time in the gym.
That worn down feeling often is related to a lack of sleep, something that is all too prevalent. In other words, this is a bed time story that isn't ending on a happy note. Lacking a good, solid night's sleep can lead to everything from depression to weight gain, thus making that time within the walls of a gym rather moot.
Sleep often is viewed by the masses as elective and something that merely gets in the way of their productivity or ambitions to work or study harder than everyone else. The "catch 22" of that is without sleep, your brain suffers and your focus is fallible.
The flip side of this are those who want to sleep but can't, as opposed to the segment of the population who are perfectly able to fall asleep but skip it on their own accord. Trouble sleeping is nothing new, and most of it can be curbed with just a few tweaks here and there as part of your daily routine. The biggest tossing and turning dilemma often relates to two major factors: caffeine and work. The latter isn't so much putting in a solid eight hour work day but working too closely before you go to bed. Your mind races, thoughts run through your brain and you simply can't clear your mind.
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