Has anyone ever told you to get more sleep? If you’re like me, that is a definite yes, but the real question is why?
Sleep has many health benefits for the body, the mind, and overall well-being.
Firstly, it can actually boost your immune system! When your immune cells and proteins get the rest they need, they are better able to fight off whatever infection comes their way. As well, sleep can strengthen your heart: when you do not sleep, your body releases a hormone called cortisol that stresses the heart muscle, causing it to work harder; when you do sleep, the heart gets the rest it needs to function properly. Not only does sleep help your immune system and heart, but also brain function!
Mood is also influenced by sleep. If you feel rested, your energy levels will increase, leading to a boost in mood. With an increase in energy you will be more resilient to life’s challenges and less affected when problems arise. Sleep also increases productivity levels as you are better able to focus and get work done!
If those reasons were not enough, sleep can also help prevent weight gain! If you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces an appetite-boosting hormone called ghrelin, and decreases leptin levels (the hormone that makes you feel full). The combination of these hormonal imbalances and the lack of energy you suffer from sleep deprivation will get you into the bad habit of late night snacking.
So what do you do?
Set a routine, same bedtime, same wake time—this ensures an adequate amount of rest.
Avoid eating before bed, or going to bed hungry. The discomfort could keep you awake and restless.
Create a restful environment where you can relax and fall into a deep sleep.
Limit daytime naps as you will feel more awake in the night.
Include physical activity in your daily routine to promote better sleep
Know when you need to contact a doctor. Sleep disorders are real, by identifying and treating underlying causes you can get the sleep you deserve!
Thanks for taking the time to read this—now go get some sleep!
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