9 Reasons to Sleep More

The ultimate pro-sleeper cheat sheet

You’ve heard the frightening list of things that can happen when you don’t get the sleep you need. From short-term avoidable accidents to long-term disease risk and early death, it’s enough to send us racing to our bedrooms. But what about the amazing benefits that are yours for the taking when you do get the sleep you need?

After all, wouldn’t you rather hear about the rewards for a change?

In the interest of brevity, we cut our list off at 9 but we challenge you to share more. Leave a note in the comments below and let the world in on your sleep secrets.

Live longer

When it comes to how long you’re going to live, there’s a lot of truth in the saying that genetics is a loaded gun – but your environment is the trigger. You may carry genes for a multitude of diseases, but whether you get them or not is largely dependent on how you live your life. If you want to live longer, sleep can be your best defense against a slew of diseases.

Maintain a healthy weight

Mattress manufacturers should consider giving away a free bathing suit with every purchase. Think we’re crazy? As wild as the idea sounds, substantial medical evidence suggests fascinating links between sleep and weight. According to WebMD.com, “Researchers say that how much you sleep and quite possibility the quality of your sleep may silently orchestrate a symphony of hormonal activity tied to your appetite.”

Manage stressful situations better

Some stress is good for us – like date night with your partner or accepting an award for a job well done. But some stress has the power to turn us into impatient toddlers, especially if we didn’t get a good night’s sleep. If you’re averaging four to five hours sleep a night, your brain reacts to stress as if you’ve gone for three consecutive nights without any sleep. Imagine the power you’ll have the next time your boss wigs out and you’ve had a good night’s sleep…

Reduce inflammation and pain

Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and premature aging all have strong ties to inflammation. If you sleep less than six hours a night, your blood levels of inflammatory proteins may be higher than people who sleep more. Show your heart some love – put it to bed.

Enjoy physical activity

When’s the last night you had a terrible night’s sleep and bounced out of bed in the morning, energized and ready for a 10K run? We thought so. Sleep is the mop-up crew for your brain and body, cleaning up spills, reorganizing memories and repairing muscle tissue. Skip that important recovery time and you look more like the energizer bunny who didn’t make the cut.

Avoid accidents

In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that sleepy drivers are responsible for the most single car crashes – even more than alcohol. What’s downright sobering though is that even one sleep deprived night can impair your driving, mimicking the effects of an alcoholic drink.

Embrace lifelong learning

Just as sleep repairs muscle tissue, it also cleans out the synapses in your brain. Sleep facilitates the processing of memories, moving the important ones to storage and discarding the ones you won’t need tomorrow. Without sleep, your memories all stay in the short term retrieval area and learning complex skills becomes nearly impossible. So in essence, that 8-hour void of doing nothing other than sleep actually makes you smarter.

Fight depression

The relationship between sleep and depressive illness is complex – depression may cause sleep problems and sleep problems may cause or contribute to depressive disorders. But the evidence is clear: people with insomnia have a ten-fold risk of developing depression compared with those who sleep well, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Enjoy more creativity

Ever notice how creativity ebbs and flows during the day? Depending on whether you’re a night hawk or early bird, you’ll enjoy spurts of creativity throughout the day – when your brain is most awake and energized. Without sleep, your brain lacks the fuel it needs to get into that creative zone. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy – without sleep, he’s really a drag.

Now you know the amazing benefits of a good night’s sleep. Who’s tucking in early tonight?


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This blog was originally published on Restonic.com and does not provide medical advice. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on Restonic.com. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

Organizing your Holiday Guest Bedroom for Visiting Relatives

Making a guest bedroom feel homey

This is the time of year we all love. The holidays are finally here and your home is about to play host to friends and relatives – so let’s make sure your guest bedroom is ready. After all, if your guests can’t find a place to settle in with their belongings, they certainly won’t feel relaxed in your home. Here are some helpful ways to prepare your guest room for the busy season ahead.

Organize your holiday guest bedroom this season

  1. Declutter and remove your personal belongings

Even though your guest bedroom may have turned into a “storage room” of boxes, furniture and other household items it’s time to make the room a bedroom again. Start by removing personal belongings such as excessive photographs, trophies, memorabilia and family clutter. While these items may make you feel at home, your guests should feel like they’re staying at a hotel. Personal decorative items that carry out the theme of the room is fine, but remove personal items so out-of-town guests don’t feel like they are intruding by staying at your home.

  1. Organize the guest room closets

When your holiday guests arrive they should be able to unpack their suitcases and hang clothing in the closets with minimal effort. We often forget about the closets and take all of our decluttering efforts and shove it into the closet.

Think of your guest bedroom as a vacation retreat for your guests where they can find extra bedding for the bed, plenty of hangers for their clothes, and a few personal touches like slippers or a cozy robe would be a welcoming surprise too. Organize your closets to provide ample room for their luggage to fit inside as well as plenty of space to hang winter coats if needed. If space is a premium in your home, try to move your belongings to the top shelves and leave the lower shelves and closet floor for your guests.

  1. Create relaxing sitting areas

Organizing a guest bedroom also involves creating seating and relaxation areas of the room. Declutter bookshelves and side tables beside the bed to ensure your guests can relax with their own good book or tablet. Provide an area for guests to plug in electronics if possible. In our “smart electronic” driven world, laptops, tablets and phones beside the bed or desk will help your guests still feel connected while traveling. If you have a reading chair and floor lamp consider creating a reading nook with a book collection and magazines for them to peruse while relaxing before settling down to sleep.

This holiday season let’s get organized! The guest room is the perfect retreat when it’s welcoming and ready for guests. Use these helpful tips to declutter, depersonalize, and to bring the modern comforts of home to your holiday guest bedroom. Your guests will appreciate your hospitality to make their visit memorable.

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About Ronique Gibson

Stagetecture.com was launched in 2009, by Ronique Gibson, Assoc. Architect, and has established herself as a voice on the design scene by helping homeowners meet myriad challenges. Through the informative blog, she showcases elements that bring pizazz to interiors, helps the frazzled gain a handle on organization, shares fun do-it-yourself projects, great food recipes & lifestyle inspiration. She also is the Home Staging Expert for About.com and author of ‘111 Simple Tips for your Everyday Home’ ebook that helps home owners love their home.

This blog was originally published on Restonic.com and does not provide medical advice. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on Restonic.com. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.