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Wellness for People and Families

Wellness for People and Families   09/30/16Health includes five dimensions:  physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual.  Wellness refers to the state in which the whole person is well (balanced) in all five dimensions.  Family wellness would be a measure of how well (balanced) the family is in all five dimensions.  Inside any person or any family, the five dimensions are inter-connected.

When lives get busy and schedules get full, time gets crunched, “push comes to shove,” and something has to give.  That often means one or more dimensions of health/wellness gets neglected, minimalized, or left behind.  Uh-oh. 

If we default to “do more, sleep less,” consequences can result that jeopardize our physical, emotional, social, and intellectual well-being.  Lack of sleep can increase our blood pressure, make it more difficult to lose weight, and decrease our resistance to sickness and disease, making it more likely that we get sick more often.  Lack of sleep can also affect our mood, which can in turn affect our relationships with other people and the way we get along with them.  Additionally, lack of sleep can interfere with our intellectual well-being, slowing down our brain function and making it more difficult to concentrate, learn, think clearly, and solve problems.

To re-charge, health professionals recommend that adults get eight hours of sleep each night.  For children, the recommendation varies by age.  For example, 5- and 6-year-olds need 11 to 12 hours of sleep and kids 7 to 11 years old should average 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night.

To promote healthy sleep, try these suggestions:

-   Get electronics out of the bedroom to avoid sleeping distractions.

-   Park cellphones and tablets at a central power docking station away from sleeping areas.

-   Increase the amount of physical activity and fresh air you get during the day. 

-   Keep regular sleep/wake schedule, even on the weekends.

-   Establish and maintain routines that help your body wind down, relax and prepare for sleep.

Taking time to get adequate rest makes our awake time much more efficient.

Source:  Overdone: Wellness for Overscheduled Families.  NDSU Extension Service

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