We’ve all heard it’s important to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night, but how many of us are actually achieving this? With all the busyness of the day and only so few of hours to do it all, sleep tends to get put on the back burner. However, sleep is just as important as eating healthy and exercising every day. Getting the right amount of sleep each night allows our brain and body to function in tip-top shape whereas a lack of sleep can have dire, long-term effects.
A good night’s sleep can help you start the day mentally refreshed and rejuvenated. According to The Better Sleep Council, sleep is an essential factor in your mood, mental agility, and overall energy. When you get good sleep, your brain increases its main functions, including cognition, concentration, productivity, and performance, so you can be your absolute best throughout the day. While we sleep, our brains work hard to shape memories and make important connections between feelings and experiences to enhance our memory performance the next day. Without good sleep, our brains work slower and you might experience a “fog” throughout the day. Proper sleep each night also increases your ability to handle ongoing stress and anxiety, and reduce depressive disorders.
Science shows that sleep is a vital part of your overall physical health. As you sleep, your brain does some basic house-cleaning, such as removing unhealthy toxins that are believed to contribute to certain brain diseases like Alzheimer’s. Sleep is also involved in the healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels and warding off infections. As we rest and enter REM sleep, our body is able to replenish by repairing damage caused from stress, exposure to harmful substances, and muscle injuries so our body can be in tip-top shape the following day. Good sleep plays a major role in maintaining and losing weight. People who get sufficient sleep tend to have higher metabolisms, balanced hormones, motivation to exercise, and eat less calories.
On the flip side, a lack of sleep is far more detrimental than originally thought. Short sleep can make you feel like a zombie, impacting aspects of brain function similar to alcohol intoxication. It can impact your perception and judgment, reducing efficiency and productivity, even causing errors or accidents. Ongoing sleep deprivation can add to depression, skin aging, and weight gain, negatively impact your relationships, and can increase your risk of cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Short-term sleep deprivation can impact your mood, making you feel more irritable and stressed, while chronic insomnia can increase your risk of developing a mood disorder, including depression or anxiety.
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