Sleep, just how important is it?
Updated: Jul 30, 2019
Sleep...how much importance do you place on it? Do you pride yourself in being able to 'survive' on 5 or 6 hours a night, or like to 'burn the candle at both ends'? Sleep is the most critical part of our day, it is when your body rejuvenates, restores, repairs and even burns fat! However, if you aren't getting the sleep your body requires, long term, this can have a detrimental affect on your mind, body, fitness goals and over all health.
Here are some facts about sleep deprivation:
1. It impairs your cognitive function ability. You experience memory loss, your ability to problem solve or make decisions, you also become irritable and have a hard time reasoning.
2. Chronic lack of sleep can eventually lead to things like Heart disease, Heart attack, Heart failure, Irregular heartbeat, High blood pressure, Stroke, Diabetes
3. Dampens your libido.
4. Can cause depression and anxiety.
5. Ages your skin more rapidly, fine lines, dark circles.
6. Increased Cortisol levels.
7. Can make you gain weight. Lack of proper hormones that regulate your hunger, and too much of ones that stimulate it.
Things you can do to get a better sleep?
1. Turn off your computer, TV and phone at least an hour before bedtime.
2. Remove all blue and red lights from your bedroom...those little glowing demons disrupt our REM sleep!
3. Use essential oils like Lavender to calm you
4. Use sleep sounds such as water trickling, or wind blowing
5. Make sure your room is dark
A good night sleep can make all the difference, so treat your body well!