Sleep is a vital, often neglected, component for overall health and well-being. Healthy sleep is critical for everyone at every stage of life.
Why Do We Need Sleep?
Good night sleep is essential for proper functioning of all organs, quality of life, and safety. More specifically, adequate sleep is necessary for:
Sleep helps us to gain energy & prepares us for the next day.
Getting enough quality sleep at right times helps us to restore and rejuvenate, to grow muscle, repair tissue, and synthesize hormones.
Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin).
Sleep also affects how your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that controls your blood glucose (sugar) level.
Sleep also supports healthy growth and development. Sleep also plays a role in puberty and fertility. Our immune system also relies on sleep to work to its best.
Studies show that a good night’s sleep improves learning & memory.
Sleep also helps us to pay attention, make decisions, and be creative.
Sleep deficiency impairs our reasoning, decision making & problem-solving skills. It reduces are productivity. We have a slower reaction time and make more mistakes.
When we are sleep deprived, we feel angry and impulsive, have mood swings, feel sad or depressed, or lack motivation.
If we’re sleep deficient, we have trouble controlling your emotions and behavior. We feel agitated or we might have an argument with a friend/family over something really stupid.
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During sleep, we charge our body and brain to get ready for the next day. That is why after a good night sleep, we feel brighter, fresher & more vibrant.
Insufficient sleep adversely affects how the body functions. Studies show that people who have sleep deprivation are at increased risk for:
Tips to get good sleep
Avoid the distractions like TV, mobile phones before going to bed. Rather read a book, meditate or listen to music.
Avoid taking caffeine & heavy meals before sleep. Consume tryptophan rich foods which is important for producing serotonin that relaxes you & helps to get better quality sleep.
Sleep affects the way we think, learn, behave, feel, and interact with others. You cannot make up for lost sleep during the week by sleeping more on weekends. Follow consistent healthy sleep routines. To attain maximum restorative benefits, quality and timing of sleep are just as important as quantity.
Take away message
A good night sleep is a golden gate to good health.
Don’t let your battery die? Charge enough your body to 100% capacity.
Do remember to plug in & unplug your body on time. Respect your circadian rhythm to help your body repair, regenerate, and recover to its fullest.