Many people do not understand the importance of sleep and the effect it has on our bodies. Our body uses sleep to repair itself. When we sleep our cells grow and regenerate, it’s basically the best anti-aging treatment around. There are a lot of benefits to getting a good night’s sleep!
- Better overall health – studies have found a link between insufficient sleep and some serious health problems, including heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes and obesity. In most cases the health risks from loss of sleep happen over a period of years, however there are studies that show young, healthy adults will have glucose levels considered pre-diabetic after only 4 days of insufficient sleep.
- Better sex – in a poll conducted by The National Sleep Foundation, 26% of people say their sex life is affected by lack of sleep. There is a link between men with insufficient sleep and low testosterone. Not to mention, when individuals are tired from lack of sleep, their sex life will suffer.
- Lower risk of injury – The Institute of Medicine estimates 1 out of every 5 accidents is a result of drowsy driving. You’re also more likely to trip or fall when your overtired or cut yourself while chopping vegetables, etc….
- Emotional regulation – not getting enough sleep affects the regulation of your mood. While sleep doesn’t guarantee a gleeful mood, people tend to be less cranky when they get a good night’s sleep.
- WEIGHT CONTROL – there are several factors here. When people are overtired they are less likely to exercise. There is also a hormone called “Leptin”, leptin plays a key role in making you feel full. When we don’t get enough sleep, leptin levels drop, people tend to crave high fat and high calorie foods in an effort to get more energy.
- Clear head – people who lack sleep often feel like they’re in a fog or feel fuzzy. Sleep loss impairs cognition, attention and decision-making skills.
- Better memory – studies show that when we sleep our brains process memories from the day.
Trouble sleeping? I’ve included a link for some yoga poses that will help you relax and sleep better. Night Night!