The importance of getting adequate sleep
Learn about adequate sleep and it's effects on your health
How much sleep do I need?
It’s amazing how a night of sleep can leave you feeling, energized, motivated and ready to tackle anything the day might bring. On the flip side, a crappy night of sleep can leave you feeling groggy, irritable, unmotivated, unfocused and unable to perform your daily duties. A night of sleep can either make or break your day, and most people need at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night to be able to function and perform to their fullest potential. Younger children and teenagers and pregnant women need 8+ hours a night.
A good night of sleep helps to keep the immune system working properly, which keeps us healthy and active. Sleep can also help to manage stress and give you the energy to cope with each day’s struggles and challenges. Getting enough sleep will also give you a clear mind, ready to make smart decisions. Sleep deprivation can leave the body feeling drowsy and make it difficult to concentrate. A lack of sleep can also have an affect on memory and it impairs physical performance. One of the many benefits of sleep, according to Scientists, is that during sleep neurons are able to repair themselves, but when this doesn’t happen the neurons malfunction due to a lack of energy. Long-term sleep deprivation can also lead to hallucinations, mood swings, and physical illness.
Healthy sleep habits, and sufficient sleep help to rid the body of toxins. The liver clears out alcohol and drugs, the kidneys remove natural waste, the colon gets ride of undigested waste and the lymph system eliminates toxins from the cells of thebody. A lack of sleep slows down these toxin-eliminating processes. Adequate sleep can also decrease the risk of mental disorder, by lowering the change of depression and other mental illnesses.
Research has also linked a lack of sleep to obesity. Though it is not clear why sleep disruption impacts and affects appetite and metabolism; have you ever been so tired that you feel sick to your stomach and don’t feel like eating? A lack of sleep can sometimes suppress the appetite, but it also makes you feel lazy and sluggish. This could lead to more snacking and eating less healthy pre-prepared meals, rather than taking the time to actually cook a nice healthy meal, because that would require too much energy and effort, which you don’t have. It’s a vicious cycle.
Sleep disorders, such as insomnia, are real and serious issues that many American’s face on a nightly basis. If you are a sufferer, you know how frustrating it can be. Every night there is a constant battle to fall asleep, and once you fall asleep, there is the question about how long you will stay asleep for. If you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, you’re not alone. You should seek medical attention for this, before a constant lack of sleep really takes a toll on your body. Over the counter sleep aids are available at local drugstores but read them carefully, as you don’t want to become addicted. There are also natural supplements, such a melatonin, that help to make you fall asleep, and regular your sleep cycle to get you back on track. Talk to your doctor first, before starting to take any sleep aid on a regular basis.