Friday letters: Get some sleep; we all need it

September 6, 2013 

20110216 Sweet dreams

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GASCON — MCT

People seem to be inundated with the constant hustle and bustle of life. We don’t have time to just exhale and enjoy the many gifts and unfathomable beauty of nature and the wonderful people God has placed in our lives. We are hard pressed to reach deadlines, help our children succeed in their educational pursuits, run a marathon, and the list goes on.

As we have constantly been reminded by health gurus, our physicians and others, sleep is essential to our biological health. Ignoring it can disrupt our spiritual, psychological and physical well-being. When we don’t rest our minds and bodies, the result can be devastating.

God has given us the ability to sleep. People who are not well-rested are stressed and more susceptible to heart attacks, strokes and various other illnesses. Those who are well-rested function at a high cognitive level; they are calm and relaxed.

As any doctor will tell you, in order to be the healthiest person you can, you must make sleep a part of your daily routine. It isn’t enough to incorporate exercise and healthy eating into your daily regime and then exclude sleep. So take time to relax both mind and body through a good night of restful sleep. You’ll be glad you did.

Jennifer Workman

Columbia

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