Rest And Sleep Are Essential To Good Health

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Louis Bonaventura asked:

All the parts of the human body work together, although each one has its special functions to perform. The stomach must have time to rest between meals. The other parts of the body require rest, too. They usually get the required rest while we’re asleep. We mustn’t be neglectful and fail to give them enough rest, or they will quickly get worn out and give us trouble.

Sometimes, when people are not well or are all tired out, they find they can’t sleep well at night. There are a number of little things that can be done to induce sleep. A warm bath before retiring, followed by a gentle massage, especially along the spine, often will, through relaxing the nerves and muscles, produce very good results. A hot foot bath, which draws the blood away from the brain, frequently will be found beneficial. A glass of hot milk or cocoa, taken just before retiring, often will have the same effect.

If the sleeplessness is a result of indigestion, a plain diet will relieve some of the stress. Sleeping on a hard bed without any pillow sometimes produces the desired effect. Always have plenty of fresh air in the room. Keep the mind free from the cares of the day. If these thoughts intrude, push them out by repeating something else in your mind: some soothing sentence or bit of poetry possibly.

A good plan is to close the left nostril by pressing on it with the finger, then take four deep breaths through the right nostril. Then close the right nostril and take four deep breaths through the left one. Repeat this about four times. Then breathe slowly through both nostrils, but count your breaths. You seldom will count very many. Never take any sleeping powders or tablets except upon the advice of a physician. They usually contain drugs that can cause injury the heart or other organs.

You’ll find that you’ll meet a number of people who are nervous, which means they have no control of their nerves. Sometimes this is shown in palpitations of the heart, headache, backache, panic attack, and many other disorders. There may be a tendency to cry at trivial things, or a feeling of having “the blues.” The cause usually can be found in uncongenial surroundings or occupation, loss of friends, or real or imagined troubles.

Whatever the cause, it should be removed, if possible, and measures taken to restore the worn out nerves that are crying for rest or food. Tonics help, so does nourishing food, such as eggs and milk; also a change of scenery and occupation, if possible. A person who is nervous frequently does not realize what is causing their condition and considers only the symptoms.

So when you have a headache, most people resort to taking medicine. In taking these medications, you’re only deadening the pain and not removing the cause of the problem, so the pain is likely to return. In order to resolve the problem, you need to find the root cause, not treat the symptoms.

Allowing your body to get enough rest and sleep is essential to good health. Treating the symptoms of a problem will render immediate relief, but it will not resolve the problem.

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