If there’s one thing you should never fall short on it would be sleep. A good night’s sleep could be the difference between starting off your day to an energetic start and having a bad day. Sleep deprivation is linked to many mental and physical health problems. Here are some ways your body will thank you for getting the sleep you deserve.
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Adequate sleep is an absolute prerequisite for a healthy and alert brain. Getting enough sleep is directly tied to your cognitive functions. So if you feel like you can’t focus or have trouble remembering things, then maybe it’s time to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. This can help you stay at the top of your game.
A healthy and happy brain consists of a delicate balance of many chemicals including mood and appetite-related chemicals. Sleep deprivation has been proven to disrupt this balance, sometimes leading to weight gain due to imbalances in appetite-controlling hormones such as leptin and ghrelin. Studies have also shown that sleep quality affects your mood so if you’ve been feeling down for no reason whatsoever then try getting your recommended hours of sleep!
Another reason to keep tabs on your sleep is your immune system. In order to fend off infectious diseases, a well-functioning immune system is vital. There is increasing scientific evidence that suggests that sleep deprivation may affect how your immune system functions. Science has shown many unexpected sleep deprivation effects on our bodies. Did you know that pain tolerance is reduced by sleep deprivation? Or that being under the effect of alcohol has the same effect on performance as sleep deprivation? So make sure that you’ve had enough sleep especially before driving or doing an activity that requires special attention.
Setting up a Sleep Schedule
The first step to committing to a healthy lifestyle is by setting up a good sleep schedule. Doctors recommend 7-9 hours of sleep for adults in general. Mothers, entrepreneurs, caregivers and busy women sacrifice their sleep due to their busy lifestyles. But given the importance of a good night’s sleep, we ought to give ourselves the sleep hours we deserve.
Using your phone right before sleep might be the only free time for many busy women but blue light coming from your phone can make it especially hard to fall asleep. Try staying away from electronics at least 1 hour before sleep especially if you have trouble falling asleep.
If you feel like you’re suffering from a sleep disorder then make sure you consult with a doctor to devise a treatment plan.