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What Makes For A Healthy Home Life?

What’s important to your health and happiness? If you’re looking to live in a clean home and maintain a healthy diet, then you need to take the time and effort to make it happen, and that begins with a good night’s sleep.

Living in a clean and safe home is often a priority for a healthy lifestyle. Our brains have evolved to adapt to the harsh environments that our parents and grandparents faced when they were young. As a result, when we are exposed to an unhealthy or stressful environment, our brains become hyper-wired to respond in a negative, hyper-reactive way that may be counter-productive to our long-term health.

One way to maintain a healthy life and healthy environment is to put a stop to your stress, and we can achieve that goal while we are sleep-deprived! A good bedtime routine will provide the proper chemicals and nutrients that help keep you feeling rested, and healthy, throughout the entire night.

A quick glance at the headlines of the health pages of newspapers will tell you that sleep is in short supply, but even more alarming is the lack of health benefits you can get from sleeping poorly. If sleep is not important enough to you to care about how you sleep, then you are not doing yourself or anyone around you any favors when you sleep poorly.

Here are a few tips from medical professionals who believe healthy sleep is critical to a fulfilling life: 

1. “If your diet was a strong reason for the stress in your life, your sleep should be a strong reason for stress relief.”  Dr. George C. Price, Director of the Sleep and Nutrition Department of Johns Hopkins Hospital Dr. Price also believes that stress is closely associated with poor sleep. “If you eat poorly and are stressed, you’re not going to sleep well.”  Dr. Price explained this relationship in his book, Feed Your Brain Your Bacteria (which is available from his website: http://www.drgeorgeprice.com/ ).

2. “Sleep is the most important nutrient for the maintenance of health and the prevention of diseases.”  Dr. Andrew Weil, the author of The CURE and The Healing Touch Dr. Weil believes a healthy diet and rest are the most important components of a healthy home life. He has spent 40 years as a health researcher at Johns Hopkins, and also has a medical degree from NYU and a masters in biochemistry from the University of Washington. He has also lectured to medical schools around the United States, as can be seen on the links to a few web sites. Weil’s work has been featured in over 300 medical journal articles and books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Cure .

3. “Sleeplessness is responsible for up to 100% of a smoker’s lung cancer. It is the leading cause of death from cancer in men under the age of 60, and for lung cancer in women under the age of 75.”  Professor Sir Richard Peto, a former Chairman of the Tobacco, Crime and Drugs Advisory Committee, and professor of medicine at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Professor Peto has worked extensively on the smoking and lung cancer connection, and he believes sleep is the most important factor. “Sleep has a great effect on the health of smokers and those who have never smoked. Smoking and sleep are tightly linked. Sleep is extremely protective against lung cancer. Smoking increases your lung cancer risk by up to 100%.”

Sleep, Stress, and Brain Health

Why Sleep Matters Most

If stress is your primary cause of sleep problems, then the most critical step to solving your sleep problems is to control your stress as much as possible with an effective stress management program that will help you maintain your optimal levels of stress hormones called endorphins.