How To Have A Safe And Healthy Life

happy life livingYou should take steps every single day to have a healthy and safe life.

First of all, you should eat healthy.

That means eating a wide range of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. You should also limit your drinks and foods to those that are low in calories, sugar, fat, and alcohol. Make sure that you eat a balanced diet so you can maintain a healthy weight.

Second of all, you should stay active.

You should be active for at least two and a half hours each week. Activities that strengthen your muscles, raise your breathing and heart rate are all good. Physical activity helps with controlling your weight, reducing your blood pressure, lowering your risk of serious degenerative diseases, reducing arthritic pain, and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, which can lead to further health problems.

Thirdly, you should protect yourself.

That means you should wear insect repellent, sunscreen, seatbelts, and helmets. You should wash your hands regularly. Avoid smoking. Build strong, supportive relationships with friends and family. Have a plan for emergencies and have some way of protecting yourself when you’re out and when you’re at home. Don’t be vulnerable. Carry pepper spray or a licensed handgun. Install a home security alarm and purchase a handgun. Do what you have to safeguard your family from intruders. Insure your home against natural disaster.

Fourth, you should try to manage your stress.

Stress can be very detrimental to your health, especially your heart health. You should learn how to relax, stay positive, and get at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night. If you require it, get some counseling. If you don’t get your stress under control, it can increase your risk of heart disease.

How More Sleep Would Make Americans Safer, Happier, And Healthier

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Very few people in America get the recommended eight hours each night, and chronic sleep deprivation can take a major toll on the body.

Getting enough sleep can improve your memory, increase your ability to concentrate, bolster the immune system, and decrease the risk of getting killed in an accident. Sleep is free, and it doesn’t have any side effects. The majority of people really love sleep too. It’s a win-win situation.

For most Americans, that would getting an additional hour or hour and a half of sleep each night. Unfortunately, a lot of Americans just can’t do that. They have a problem with it because of their work schedule. Psychiatrists have been saying for years that one of the biggest health problems in the U.S. is that most adults have a problem with chronic sleep deprivation. Not getting enough sleep has a negative effect on memory and surges stress hormones through the roof.

A lot of people have a major “sleep debt” that they could have built up over weeks, months, or years. In experiments, most people will sleep up to 12 hours a night if given the chance, and then try to settle into a minimum of seven hours a night after that.

As sleep deprivation builds up, it has worse effects on memory, concentration, and social skills. There is also an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, depression, stroke, and high blood pressure.

Even though napping helps reduce sleep debt, it’s not really a replacement for healthy sleep habits. There are great benefits to maintaining predictable, consistent sleep patterns. If you want to be optimally healthy, you have to integrate a regular sleep routine into your life that provides for both consistency and duration, or else you will be building up a “sleep debt”.