Good Sleep For Good Moods And Good Health

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Get enough sleep to improve your mood. That means seven to nine hours a night — whatever is enough to allow you to wake up feeling refreshed and to stay awake and alert the whole day. Getting enough sleep is a good idea for these six reasons:

1. You will remember things better and it will enhance your ability to solve problems.

2. You will find it easier to lose weight. Your body naturally produces leptin when you get enough sleep (a hormone that suppresses your appetite).

3. You'll be less likely to die in a car crash. People who don't get enough sleep tend to fall asleep for short periods when they're driving — just for seconds at a time, but that's enough to cause an accident.

4. Getting enough sleep will help you stay in a better mood, and your mood has consequences. You will do better work and get along with people better if you are in a better mood. And better work and better relationships have significant long-term consequences.

5. Your cardiovascular system will be healthier, so you're likely to live longer.

6. Your immune system will be more powerful. You're less likely to get sick if you regularly get enough sleep.

If you have trouble getting enough good quality sleep, read the tips in the article (go here to read it). If you want to be healthy and stay in a good mood, one of the most important fundamentals is to get enough good quality sleep.

Read more about the value of fundamentals: Beginner's Mind

Adam Khan is the author of the small but amazing book, Antivirus For Your Mind: How to Strengthen Your Persistence and Determination and Feel Good More Often and co-author with Klassy Evans of another astonishing book, Viewfinder: How to Change the Way You Look at Things.
 

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Being in a Good Mood More Often Raises the Effectiveness of Your Immune System

In an experiment by Sheldon Cohen of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he and his colleagues followed 193 people by interviewing them every night on the phone for two weeks. Each person was asked how they felt that day. These were their options: lively, happy, cheerful, calm, at ease, sad, unhappy, tense, on edge, angry, or hostile.

Everybody has ups and downs, so the researchers averaged each person's responses over the two weeks to get a general measurement of the person's normal mood.

The researchers then put the volunteers in a quarantined facility and gave each of them nasal drops of either a cold or a flu virus, and then tracked their symptoms for a few days.

So what did they find out? "The people who expressed more positive emotions overall," said Cohen, "were much less likely to become sick with a cold or the flu than those who expressed fewer positive emotions...And when they did get sick, they reported milder symptoms."

Your immune system works better when you're in a better mood. And your immune system does far more for you than preventing you from getting a cold or flu. It is worth taking the time and expending the energy to do things that improve your mood. Here is a good place to start: Top Ten Ways to Raise Your Mood.

Adam Khan is the author of Self-Help Stuff That Works and Cultivating Fire: How to Keep Your Motivation White Hot

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