Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: I LOVE sleep. Nothing is better than getting to bed after a long and busy day. And don’t get me started on a good weekend nap. While I am a lover of sleep, I must confess I am not the greatest at ensuring I get the most rest possible. I tend to go to bed waaaay later than I should during the week and then I’m hitting the snooze like crazy come morning. With life being so busy, we keep trying to squeeze more and more into our day and that means, cutting things out like our sleep. Do you realize how vital a good night’s sleep is not just for your rest but for your actual health? I know, I’m guilty of overlooking this too. That’s why today’s post is one to remind us how to reclaim our sleep & in turn, our chill.
It might seem obvious that quality sleep is helpful. Indeed even without understanding what it really accomplishes, we realize that sleep deprivation makes us feel ghastly and that getting a good quality sleep can make us prepared to face another day.
Scientists have tried really hard to fully understand the benefits of sleep. By doing research studies on animals and humans, they have found that sleep assumes a basic part in boosting immunity, digestion, memory, and learning among other indispensable functions.
Is Sleep Actually Important?
Despite the fact that researchers aren’t certain why sleep is necessary, they have numerous ideas regarding the importance of this puzzling element in life. While some of these functions have less significance, some, like the importance of sleep in enhancing recollections and general well-being, appears to be quite pertinent to all our lives.
While we may not frequently consider why we sleep, most of us do recognize that sleep makes us feel better. We feel more energetic, alert, joyful and more able to function after a decent night of sleep.
How Much Sleep Is Enough?
Besides learning the importance of sleep, the question many people ask is “How much sleep do I need?” The National Sleep Foundation did a study to find the answer to this question. Sifting through several research articles, the experts took into consideration the health benefits and risks associated with sleep and put forward recommendations on the right amount of sleep one should have. According to their recommendations, based on a thorough analysis of the studies, children below 9 years need 11 hours, teenagers-10 hours and adults on average 8 hours. According to Doctor Lydiah DonCarlos from Loyola University, more research into sleep is needed.
How Healthy Sleep Routines Keeps You Healthy, Calm and Relaxed
The National Sleep Foundation points out that consistent lack of sleep may prompt a variety of serious medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, early mortality and even heart disease.
The following are some of the health benefits of sleep that you should know:
Sleep Repairs Your Body
During sleep, your body delivers additional protein molecules that reinforce your capacity to battle disease to keep you healthy. The molecules help boost the immune system that retouches your body at cell level when exposed to infectious bacteria, pollutants or stressed.
Sleep Helps To Keep Your Heart Healthy
Your cardiovascular framework is always under pressure and sleep helps lower stress levels and inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the main cause of heart disease and strokes. Quality sleep also helps keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check at all times.
Sleep Reduces Stress
With a decent sleep, you are in a better position to lower blood pressure and lift levels of stress hormones which result due to a stressful lifestyle.
Sleep Enhances Memory
If you have gone for days without sleep, you often experience the “foggy” feeling. This makes it hard to even think! This can result in serious memory issues as well. A better quality sleep dispenses this, as sleep is the time where your memories are converted to
This can result in serious memory issues as well. A better quality sleep dispenses this, as sleep is the time where your memories are converted to long-term memories. With a better sleep, your brain can, therefore, be in a position to process new information and learn better.
Sleep Controls Body Weight Issues
Sleep controls the hormones that affect and control your hunger. Studies indicate that lack of sleep causes hormonal imbalance and appetite increases. There are many health problems associated with being overweight, such as blood pressure and obesity which will completely stress you out.
The benefits of sleep are broad and can have many kinds of effects on the quality and length of your life. With such benefits, you are able to boost and lead a healthy, calm and relaxed life.
Great post, Clarissa – Thanks so much for sharing these insightful tips on how important sleep is to our health!
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Author Bio: Sarah is the Editor of Sleepy Deep. Feeling the repercussions of being an irregular sleeper for far too long, she decided to do something about it. She learned why sleep is so important and how to maximize it, and is now helping others who are struggling to find their right sleep routine.
Feeling the repercussions of being an irregular sleeper for far too long, she decided to do something about it. She learned why sleep is so important and how to maximize it, and is now helping others who are struggling to find their right sleep routine.