How A Good Nights Sleep Could Save You Money on Your Life Insurance

Posted on October 23, 2017 in Life Insurance Canada News

To be happy, healthy and productive, you need to get enough sleep.

People who take care of their health and aim for longevity deserve to pay less for life insurance and sleep is an important factor for good health throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep can help protect your physical health, mental health, safety and quality of life.

How you feel during your waking hours depends on how well you have slept. While sleeping, your body continues to work on maintaining physical health and supporting healthy brain function. In children, sleep also promotes growth and development.

Damage from lack of sleep can happen in an instant (like falling asleep at the wheel), or it can gradually cause harm over time. Ongoing sleep deficiency affects your concentration, reaction time, learning and working capabilities. It can also contribute to chronic mental and physical health problems.

Millions of Canadians are affected by chronic sleep disorders and occasional sleeping problems that seriously diminish their health, alertness and safety. Depression, hypertension, stroke, heart disease and many other chronic illnesses have been linked to untreated sleep disorders. Sleeping disorders can mean not enough sleep, too much sleep or poor quality sleep.

The Institute of Medicine recently estimated in its report, Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem, that “hundreds of billions of dollars a year are spent on direct medical costs related to sleep disorders such as doctor visits, hospital services, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications.” Problems with getting the right kind of sleep can affect everything in your life from productivity in your work or personal life to behavioural and relationship problems. It can also have serious consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, sleepy drivers claim more than 1,500 lives each year and cause at least 100,000 motor vehicle crashes.

Impact on health - if you’re not sleeping, you’re not healthy.

One of the missing pieces in the health conversation today is the importance of sleep. Sleep helps your brain work properly. When you are sleeping, your brain continues to work. It prepares and plans for the next day and creates avenues that help you learn and retain information.

Sleep studies have proven that a good night's sleep improves your learning capacity. Studies also show that a lack of sleep alters the way parts of the brain function resulting in indecisiveness, emotional and behavioural problems. Sleep deficiency has also been linked to depression and suicide.

Physical benefits of proper sleep involve healing and repairing your body. You not only rest your bones, but over-stressed heart and blood vessels have a chance to rejuvenate and become stronger, reducing your risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease and many other illnesses.

Lack of sleep not only affects your physical health, it has a big impact on your mental health as well. If you are not getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep, your whole outlook on life change. You may feel less motivated, tired all the time and emotionally drained.

For years doctors and researchers have seen the link between how people are sleeping and how they are feeling. For example, insomniacs are more likely to become depressed than people who sleep well. They are 10-17 times more prone to clinical anxiety and depression.

Learn How to Get a Good Nights Sleep

We have discovered two great methods to help you get the proper, restful sleep you need to stay healthy.

Blue Light Blocking Glasses

These glasses block artificial blue light. Devices such as cellphones emit this blue light that affects the level of melatonin your body produces; a chemical that helps us sleep at night. Essentially, blue light tricks your body into thinking it is daytime.

This Book Will Put You to Sleep – In a Good Way

Sleep Smarter (by Shawn Stevenson) is a fun and entertaining book about how sleep impacts your mind, body and performance, without skimping on the “how to's” to get the sleep you really deserve. The book has already been enjoyed by millions of people, including our founder, Lorne Marr. In fact, sleep is one of the key pillars of Mr. Marr's personal philosophy on health.

“It doesn’t matter what you eat if you don’t get your sleep! Shawn Stevenson has thrown a spotlight on the disease of insomnia and lack of sleep that is killing so many of us. This book is the perfect introduction to the tools and strategies that could fix your broken sleep.”

―Alexandra Jamieson, bestselling author and costar of the hit movie Super Size Me

“We’ve all read books on the importance of eating healthy and exercise, but sleep is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle that many people overlook. Sleep Smarter has everything the average person needs to become a ‘professional sleeper’ to further enhance their quality of life.”

―Drew Manning, New York Times bestselling author of Fit2Fat2Fit

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