Now lets start this one off with how much I love sleeping. The only thing is I don’t want to go to sleep and I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning. The question we must ask ourselves is why is sleep important for our health?
The way you feel whilst you are awake depends on how you slept. We spend 1/3 of our lives asleep so surely it must be important if we are spending that amount of time on it. During sleep your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. While you are sleeping, your brain is forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information.
Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. It is involved in the healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Your immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy. This is extremely important as if your immune system is down then it makes you prone to illness.
It helps maintain a healthy balance of hormones that make you feel hungry or full. When you don’t get enough sleep you will feel hungrier than when you are well rested. This could be a recipe for disaster for anyone looking to control their weight. Sleep also affects how your body reacts to another hormone, insulin. This hormone controls your blood sugar levels.
Sleep also supports healthy growth and development. If you are doing resistance training and looking to gain muscle mass then you need to make sure you get enough sleep as deep sleep triggers the release of the hormone to promote growth. This hormone also helps repair cells and tissues.
If you do not have enough quality sleep then many things can occur. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and strokes.
It can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. So basically how your mood is, how you perform in work, and how well you exercise all depends on how well you sleep.
Sleep deficiency also increases your risk of obesity due to your body feeling hungrier and less full when you don’t get enough sleep. This can cause you to grab high calorie foods that release sugar in to the blood stream quickly. Following on from that, sleep deficiency also results in a higher than normal blood sugar level which may increase your risk of diabetes.
We all lead busy lives, we find that there just aren’t enough hours in the day so sleep is neglected so you can have more hours to do your office work. A busy life needs a good sleep as without it you will not be able to perform as well. Quality sleep is needed so your mind and body can function properly throughout the day. You will probably find that you are more productive with less hours awake each day so go and get some sleep!