How Sleep Affects Mental Health and Wellness

There is still much to be known about the link between mental health and sleep, but sleep being a basic foundation of well-being means it can have a certain degree of impact on your mental wellness and capability. A good night’s sleep – just like a healthful diet and lifestyle – is deemed crucial in fostering mental and emotional resilience, with chronic sleep issues feared to set the stage for negative mood and thinking, anxiety, and depression.

Think about it: you absorb new information every day of your life. With sleep, you are able to have the luxury of “down time” to process all these different bits and pieces of information, and then store it in your memory bank. This way they are all available when you need them. Sleep is therefore creative for improving not just concentration but also learning and creativity.

What happens to the mental aspect when you are faced with chronic sleeplessness or insomnia? Here are some of the potential adverse effects:

Your mind may slow down – Did you know that just one night of having inadequate sleep can massively impact your attention span, alertness, concentration, and ability to solve problems? Those who regularly find it hard to sleep could have impaired intelligence and mental development.
Your memory may be less optimal – While you sleep, the things you have learned and experienced during the day are thoughts to be organized or “filed” in your mind properly for future use and access. Now, if you are not getting enough sleep you would have trouble remembering what you go through today.
You may become depressed – Insomnia has been associated with the development of depression. According to some studies, people who regularly reported being unable to sleep were five times more likely to show depression symptoms. It remains unclear, again, where depression was the byproduct of sleeplessness or vice versa. Regardless of this, getting an optimal amount of sleep is considered important in treating this disorder.
You may become less smart – If you don’t get enough sleep, your performance in tasks that use the brain – such as tests or complex projects at work – may suffer. A full night’s sleep, the vital piece of the mental health puzzle that it is, organizes and makes connections within your mind to the information you obtained during the day. Without it, you may have a hard time retrieving those details for school or work the next day.
Your happiness levels may be affected – Sleep lets your brain have the time it needs to properly get into balance the chemicals and hormones affecting mental clarity, emotions, and mood – the bigger context that makes it possible for you to be relaxed, calm, and happy.

There are different ways you may achieve improved sleep. You need to tweak your sleep habits first, following a regular bedtime and waking time schedule and routine, as well as avoiding stimulants like blue light from gadgets and unnecessary noise. If you feel you are in need of greater intervention, it is best to talk to your doctor, sleep psychologist, or an expert who can get to the bottom of your sleeplessness and recommended effective natural sleep remedies.

The Advantages Of The Broad Spectrum Approach To Health And Nutrition

It is estimated that 4 out of 10 people choose to supplement their diet, and for good reason. Industrialised farming, depleted soils, processed foods, environmental toxins, lifestyle factors and the stress of modern living, means that although diet comes first and foremost, health supplements can play a valuable role in helping you to maintain long term health.

Choosing the right products from the plethora of supplements on the market can be challenging. At Seventh Wave, we feel that the choice is a simple one when you look at the evidence.

Broad spectrum supplements are in a wholefood, and food state form

They are the most complete, natural and effective way to supplement your diet

Synthetic Supplements simply don’t compare.

The term “broad spectrum” has been in wide use in the medical profession for many years. Broad spectrum antibiotics were seen as a revolution for health care, as they have activity against a wide range of bacteria. (The over use of antibiotics is a subject for another article!)

Broad spectrum is defined as widely applicable or effective, showing a wide variety – a broad spectrum array.

In the supplements industry, broad spectrum supplements and nutrition are literally a revolution in the way we approach achieving optimum health. They have an even more important role to fill in light of the ever increasing demands that modern living places on our body.

They posses a huge array of nutrients in a form that your body recognises and readily absorbs. They are incredibly complex, yet perfectly balanced and bioavailable.

You might think that most supplements are “natural”, this however is far from the case. They are on the whole laboratory produced, synthetic replicas of nature. Whilst the atoms and molecules may look the same on paper, they are the chemical forms of a substance, and have lost their natural complexity and potency.

The Natural Components of Broad Spectrum Nutritional Supplements

Vitamins, minerals (naturally chelated), trace elements, micro nutrients, amino acids, polysaccharides, essential fatty acids, nucleic acids, sterols, carbohydrates, fats, protein and fibre. All of these nutrients work with total synergy to create a potent source of nutrition that cannot be matched by synthetic supplements.

The Benefits of Seventh Wave Broad Spectrum Supplements

* Food state, wholefood*

* Dense nutrition

Readily recognised by your body – natural form

* Absorbed better by your body

* Nutrition is retained within your body for longer

* Smaller amounts have far greater impact (mg content is a misleading aspect of synthetic supplements)

* Less expensive, no longer do you need to buy separate vitamins, minerals and amino acids to meet your body’s basic needs

* Naturally chelated minerals

* Vitamins supported by their necessary phytonutrients

* 100% additive free

* Non-pasteurised

“Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food” Hippocrates – the Father of Modern Medicine

Florida Self Employed Health Insurance

Florida residents that are self employed and looking for health insurance have a number of options available to them. Be aware that depending upon your health, your age, and other factors unique to your particular situation there is no hard and fast rule as to which option is best for you. However, there are some general guidelines that will help you make the best Florida self employed health insurance decision.

The first Florida health insurance option available to the self employed is to simply apply for an individual health insurance policy. The benefit to applying for an individual health insurance policy is that individual health insurance rates in Florida are very competitive.

The downside to attempting to purchase an individual health insurance policy in the state of Florida is that you must be healthy. According to FL law, a health insurance company can decline your application for an individual health insurance policy based on prior medical history (pre-existing conditions), height and weight restrictions, and other health related criteria.

That means if you have cancer, diabetes, weight problems, or a host of other physical ailments then you will be denied coverage with a Florida individual health insurance policy. (Any unscrupulous agent that tries to tell you other wise is misrepresenting whatever product he or she is trying to sell you as health insurance when in fact it is probably a discount health plan or a health insurance indemnity plan with very limited coverage).

The second Florida health insurance option available to the self employed is to apply for a Florida group health insurance plan. In Florida, any group of 2 employer/employees or more is considered eligible for a Florida small group health insurance. (If it is just you: 1 self employed person functioning as a sole proprietor in the state of Florida then you have a different option open to you – see option 3 below). The benefit to applying for a Florida small group health insurance policy is that that certain health issues that can signal an automatic decline on the individual health insurance side will not signal an automatic decline on the group health insurance side.

The downside to attempting to purchase a group health insurance policy in the state of Florida is that it can be very expensive. Think of it in terms of: the more potentially unhealthy people that the insurance company has to give health insurance to (group health insurance) the higher the premiums will be as opposed to where the insurance company can pick and choose who they will accept for health insurance (individual health insurance).

The third Florida health insurance option available to the self employed is for those that are functioning as a sole proprietor. Florida self employed sole proprietors can apply for a Florida guaranteed issue small group health plan. The Florida guaranteed issue small group health plans has an open enrollment period only during the month of August.

Florida self employed health insurance can be a somewhat tricky area to navigate without the help of a licensed independent Florida health insurance agent. There are also many different ways to save money in taxes – one of which being the ability to deduct your health insurance premiums paid on Schedule C of your tax return against and up to your Schedule C income (Meaning that even if you don’t itemize [Schedule A] you can still deduct your health insurance premiums paid all the way up to your Schedule C income!).