Get More Sleep
It’s is February and this month will share ideas on sleeping well. Sleep in one of the 6 Pillars of Wellness. Vital for health & success. Today’s topic is Why Sleep is Important – 6 Reasons to Get More Sleep
“Your life is a reflection of how you sleep, and how you sleep is a reflection of your life.” -Dr. Rafael Pelayo
Sleep is so important and not sleeping enough can affect your life in so many ways. This includes not being able to lose weight and not having enough energy to get through each day.
Below are six of the top reasons why sleep is important each and every night:
• Sleep allows your brain to commit new information into your memory by using a process known as memory consolidation. Studies show that students perform better if they have slept well before taking a test and studied the night before.
• When you don’t sleep enough your metabolism and weight is affected. Your body does not process carbohydrates the same way in sleep-deprived people because your hormone levels change. Your brain starts to crave glucose in order to combat tiredness.
• Not getting enough sleep can actually become a safety concern. You may fall asleep while driving or while working and this can cause accidents and injuries to occur.
• Lack of sleep often results in mood swings. You may find that you become irritable, impatient, moody and that your concentration levels disappear.
• Hypertension can be caused by a lack of sleep as your hormone levels change and you can start having irregular heartbeats.
• If you are deprived of sleep, you may find that you get sick more often. Your immune system doesn’t function as well, and this can lead to becoming more susceptible during the flu and cold season. Some research also shows that getting enough sleep can help fight many health issues. I have heard it said that if people just got more and better sleep most health issues would just disappear. This is how important good sleep is.
Many people today find that there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. In order to make more time, you start to get up earlier or stay up late to finish chores or homework. What happens when you do this is that your body starts to crave more calories. So, people who do not sleep enough often find that they are hungry, and they start to eat more calorie-dense carbohydrate-rich foods.
As you become tired your energy diminishes so even simple tasks such as cooking dinner become too much to handle. Studies have shown that people who are tired often pick-up fast food or eat out instead of cooking healthy real food dinners at home.
Share your comments below on why sleep is important for you.
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