Our Faith and Heart Health

Our Faith and Heart Health

Every February we see media messages about American Heart Month: Go Red for Women®, Know your Numbers, Warning Signs of a Heart Attack and more. We are told to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, exerciselose weight, reduce stress and stop smoking.  

Did you know that the amount of sleep you get can also affect your heart health? During sleep your heart, body, mind and spirit can slow down to rest and rejuvenate. Poor sleep, either not sleeping enough or waking up frequently, increases your risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, obesity and stroke.  Lack of sleep also makes it more difficult for your brain to focus, to learn, and to control your emotions. 

Studies report that adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. There are things you can do to improve your sleep. One of the most important ways to improve your sleep is to keep a regular routine; go to sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time each day. Try to avoid screen time for an hour before going to sleep. Spend time outside every day and get some physical activity. Relaxation techniques such as meditation or paying attention to your breathing may also help. Repeating a favorite scripture in your mind may help you calm your breathing and fall asleep. 
The message is clear whether it is from the Bible or your healthcare provider: It is up to each of us to take care of the body we have been given. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are having difficulty sleeping.  It is not just a matter of sleep; it is a matter of your health! 
 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;1 Corinthians 6:19 
Click on this link for more information on Sleep Deprivation and Deficiency 
February 7, 2020 is National Wear Red Day.


Deborah Ringen

Deborah Ringen is the Minister of Health and Wellness for the Southern New England Conference, UCC.

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