How to Develop Healthy Sleep Patterns

Sleep disorders are probably among the most common afflictions we suffer from in our modern world, but their causes are deep, varied and far too many to count.

How little do we understand the mechanisms that lie behind the health-sleep cycle. Many of us do not even understand the answer to the question “Why do we need quality sleep?”

We actually spend almost half of our lives sleeping. At first glance this may look like a great waste of time, as we could be doing something useful with that much time if we were awake. However, without sleep, life would not be possible.

Our body is a complex mechanism that periodically needs “repairing“, “reconditioning” and “recharging“.

A healthy relationship with sleep means that the body gets to recover all the energetic imbalances created during the day through physical and intellectual activities. All the physical functions are slowed down: heartbeat, breathing, body temperature and so on.

The only one body function that stays permanently “on” is the brain, which is actually in charge of the health-sleep pattern. It is during sleep that nearly all of our health problems should be solved. To give you just a very simple example, think of how sleepy one feels when he or she gets a cold. This is the body’s natural reaction to an infection: sleep is the best state to heal or recover.

People who don’t respect the health sleep routine are more prone to infections, since their immune system is a lot weaker due to an inefficient night’s rest. In order to induce sleep, the brain triggers the secretion of some chemicals that allow the body to slowly pass into a trance; this is the actually explanation of the way sleeping pills act at the level of the central nervous system. Therefore, if you want to develop a good health-sleep pattern, it is advisable that you create some routine: going to bed and getting up at approximately the same hours should ensure the programming of both body and mind.

Other useful tips for the development of a good health sleep pattern include an active life. You should by no means ignore the importance of outdoor activities, or sports in general, for your overall health and how it influences your nights; a healthy body eliminates lots of tension, stress and negative energy during intense physical activity.

This allows you to go to bed relieved from all the anxiety and the burden accumulated during the day from various sources. Nevertheless, we also have to mention the fact that exercising right before going to bed is detrimental to your health and may actually trigger insomnia. During physical activity certain hormones are released in the body and all your systems are in a “hyper-state“, which means you still also need time to recover and relax after exercise before a good night’s sleep is possible.