The Importance of Sleep
While eating clean and exercising consistently are essentials many focus on to better their overall wellbeing, quality sleep is a pillar of good health most of us tend to forget. Regular lack of adequate sleep not only wreaks havoc on your body clock, but also takes you a couple of steps back, health- and fitness-wise.
Read on and find out why getting in the right hours of sleep every night matters and how it can considerably improve your overall quality of life.
Proper Sleep Can Ward Off Stress
If you find yourself fatigued and sweating over even the smallest things more than you should, you may want to examine how effective your sleeping habits are. The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School stresses that lack of sleep can negatively influence your disposition and cause stress and irritability. Moreover, when you are running low on sleep, you also tend to become more agitated and anxious. Getting more quality sleep not only makes you more rested mentally and physically, but also improves your all-round mood.
Proper Sleep Can Help You Eat Better
When you deprive yourself of shuteye, you increase your chances of wrecking your diet. From binge eating to opting for fast food over prepared healthy meals, you become more susceptible to making poor nutritional choices. Healthline reports that when you don’t have enough sleep, your brain increases its release of ghrelin, which happens to be an appetite stimulant. Additionally, your body produces spiked levels of insulin after you eat which then escalates your risk of type 2 diabetes and encourages fat storage. Making sure you get ample hours of sleep means you are able to stick to a healthy diet plan and you effectively lessen the chances of ruining it.
Proper Sleep Can Make You Think Sharper
It’s no coincidence that when you wake up first thing in the morning after a good night’s rest, you notice that you think clearer and even more creatively. Journalist Alyssa Sparacino highlights that sufficient sleep helps reorganise and restructure your thoughts. This crucial process fortifies your memory which can boost your creative thinking process. While pulling all-nighters may have worked back in your days at university, you may want to curb your sleeping habits for better brain function.
Proper Sleep Can Help Your Body Recover
Sleep is vital to helping the body recover after physical activity. Leesa claims that without appropriate sleep, you won’t be able to maximise your fitness gains because it is during sleep that your muscles recover. Fitness expert Jim White told the site that if he had extra time in the day he would use it to sleep. Effectively, you run the risk of wearing yourself out and exposing yourself to injury if you don’t grasp the importance of sleep.
Proper Sleep Can Help You Avoid Ailments
When you’re tired and sleep-deprived, you may feel lethargic, so your biological systems work over time to try and compensate for its lack of rest. All You notes that sleeping for five hours or less can cause systemic inflammation where parts of your body become swollen. Your move? Make sure you allot at least seven to eight hours for sleep each night. Incorporating methods before bedtime like meditation can significantly increase the chances of quality sleep and rest.
Creative Wellness guest post by Tamara Lowe
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