The Importance of SleepDecember 5, 2017
Sleep is an essential part of your health and well-being. It is equally essential as a healthy diet and regular exercise. Research shows that getting enough sleep every night helps protect your physical and mental health as well as improve your quality of life.
How does sleep help your body?
There are a number of key important outcomes from getting continual, adequate, and restful sleep.
Improved mental health
Lack of adequate sleep often leads to forgetfulness, irritability, and tiredness. Restorative sleep helps your brain regenerate and function properly. A good night sleep allows your body to remove dead blood cells and brain cells to clear pathways for newer synapses that help you maintain maximum cognitive brain function.
A healthy heart
According to research conducted by the University of Warwick, getting less than 6 hours of sleep over an extended period increases your chances of heart failure by 48% and suffering from stroke by 15%. This is because sleep deprivation disrupts biological processes like blood pressure, inflammation, and glucose metabolism.
Lack of sleep increases chances of obesity. Sufficient sleep helps your body sustain a healthy balance of the production of the hormones responsible for making you feel hungry and full. When you deprive your body of sleep, it produces more ghrelin which ultimately increases your appetite. If you stay awake for longer hours, your body will need more energy to help you stay up longer. Therefore, you tend to eat more.
If you consistently skimp on needed rest, the chances are that you fall sick often becomes higher. Sleep deprivation weakens the immune system. It makes you more prone to catching colds and flu. When you sleep, your body creates disease fighting hormones to fight off diseases and infections. Hence, if you do not sleep enough, you restrict your body’s ability to create these substances leaving you more prone to any virus or bacteria you encounter. Recent research also shows that sufficient sleep will help you get more preventative benefits from vaccines.
Sleep is food for your body, brain, and skin. Poor sleep can cause chronic skin conditions and make your skin age faster. However, when you get sufficient sleep, your body produces new collagen that helps prevent skin sagging, which in turn leads to fewer wrinkles. Also, a good night sleep will give your skin sufficient time to recover from ultra violet light exposure.
In case you are experiencing difficulty falling asleep, here are a few tips to help you snooze:
- Adopt a regular sleep/wake cycle
- Avoid alcohol, big meals, and smoking before bedtime
- Exercise regularly
- Do not nap for too long or too late
Sleep is a vital part of maintaining overall wellness in so many ways. It can make an enormous impact on the quality of your life. Hence, it is important that you prioritize getting adequate and consistent sleep every night.
If you feel stressed, have anxiety, trouble sleeping, or any emotional distress, please contact us today and we will be happy to get you back on track.