This is why sleep is so important

28 Jan

My sleeping beauties

 

The benefits of good sleep impact almost every area of our daily life. Adequate sleep is essential for performance and general health. Adults  need about 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. Children need more sleep. Between the ages of 3 and 5 they should be getting 11-13 hours of sleep a night for optimal growth and development. Many researches has been done on the effects of sleep and the findings are the same. Good, deep sleep is crucial for physical renewal, hormonal regulation, emotional well-being and growth.

 

1. Keeps Our Heart Healthy:  Lack of sleep has been associated with increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels, both of which can lead to arteriosclerosis, which can cause heart attacks and stroke.

 

2. Reduces Stress:  Sleep can help lower blood pressure and elevated levels of stress hormones in your body. Therefor you feel more relaxed after a good night’s sleep.

 

3. Reduces mood swings: Insufficient sleep during the night can cause irritation and mood swings the following day.  If lack of sleep becomes a chronic issue it can lead to long-term mood disorders such as depression or anxiety. You’re even more likely to smile and be in a better mood when you’re well-rested.

 

4. Makes Us More Active: Energy levels are higher after good sleep and your mental awareness is more acute. You will be more likely to become physically active.

 

5. Can Help Us Lose Weight: People who sleep for less than seven hours per night are more likely to be overweight or obese, according to the National Sleep Foundation‘s.  If we lack sleep then the leptin levels in the brain lowers and raises ghrelin levels in the stomach. These hormones are responsible for regulating our appetite. Therefore we eat more, but this increase in appetite doesn’t lead to a craving for fruits and veggies.  Unfortunately the body craves for foods that is high in calories, fats, and carbohydrates when you lack sleep. If we, on the other hand, get enough sleep we balance those hormones and the cravings will stop. If you’re trying to lose weight then you should consider the benefits of sleep on weight control and make sure that getting enough sleep each day.

 

6. Memory aid: Sleeping time is the most important time for our brain to shape memories and make the connections, which can make it easier for us to retrieve those memories in the future.

 

7. Get Smarter: After a good sleep our mind regains focus and we can better tackle those tricky mental challenges. Studies show that a good night’s sleep improves learning.

 

8. Reduces Risk of Depression:  Good sleep helps us regulate serotonin levels in the body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects our mood. High serotonin levels create the feeling of happiness,  but low serotonin levels can create the feeling of sadness.

 

9. Helps Our Body to restore:  Sleep is the time for our body to restore and healing any damage caused by stress and other harmful exposures.

 

10.  It maintains a strong immune system: Ongoing sleep deficiency can change the way in which your immune system responds which  makes you more vulnerable to disease.

 

 

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2 Responses to “This is why sleep is so important”

  1. Joy is now January 29, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Excellent reminders, thanks! Perhaps I will try going to bed half an hour early tonight….

    • momsopinions January 29, 2013 at 9:56 am #

      Now that we know how lack of sleep affects our body and mind, I think that’s an excellent idea.

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