Most of us work hard to try and look after our health. While we may not be perfect pictures of fitness, we nevertheless generally want to take care of our bodies and thus avoid getting ill while enjoying a longer life. Thatís why most people will choose the healthier options when offered food (as long as price and taste arenít factors) and itís why a fair proportion of us have a gym membership in our wallet (even though we may not use it).
Looking after your health as you do then, you might be surprised to learn some of the ways in which your wellbeing is still being compromised. And itís not just because you donít spend long enough in the gym Ė youíll probably be surprised at some of the things that youíve forgotten or that you were never aware of to start with. Read on to find out how to improve your health by picking up on the little things that get forgotten...
One of the big ways that many of us are compromising our health on a daily basis, is by not getting the quality or quantity of sleep that we need. When we sleep is when our body repairs damaged tissue such as muscle tears or cuts and bruises, and itís when our brain enforces the neural networks that have been formed during the day.
Thus, if you arenít getting enough sleep, your body will always be operating on a deficit and you will find that you donít remember things as well, that your muscles begin to ache, and that youíre more likely to get ill.
To counteract this, make sure that your sleeping environment is as well maintained as possible so that there's no light coming in through your curtains or from your alarm clock. Likewise, you should also make sure that you have blocked out sound, and that you are preparing your body and mind for sleep in the hour or so leading up to bed.
Finally, make sure that you arenít suffering from any potential sleep conditions such as apnoea or sleepwalking which can take it out of you without you even being aware.
We all know how important air is to our health Ė without it we wouldnít last very long at all. Whatís also important though, is that that air be good quality and that we donít breathe in anything unwanted without realising it at the same time.
If you have mould in your property for instance, then mould spores will enter the air and youíll find your sleep is affected and that youíre more likely to develop breathing conditions. Likewise, if you live by a main road and have the windows open, the smoke youíll breathe in will increase your chances of cancer while also making you feel just a little less well in the meantime. Get some air conditioning if you donít want to damage your health by breathing, or better yet, move out to somewhere rural.
We all know that stress isnít good for us, but not all of us know just how bad it can be or just how many negative effects it has on us. Stress of course can damage you psychologically and lead to depression and anxiety, but at the same time it can also place a severe strain on your immune system and impact on your sleep quality. If you feel stressed on a regular basis, then you need to get to the bottom of why it is.
The sun is good for us in a large number of ways and can improve our mood while at the same encouraging the production of vitamin D and giving us a healthy glow. Like all things though, too much sun can still be bad news, so itís important to limit your exposure and to protect yourself when youíre in direct sunlight. Otherwise youíll get burned in the short-term, and youíll increase your chances of developing skin cancer in the long term.
All these little things can add up to have a big impact on your health, so the moral of the story is that you shouldnít just be focussed on the more obvious aspects of your health and you should never just say Ďoh wellí if youíre feeling stressed or tired. The devil is in the details, so donít let your health be compromised.