Why Sleep Is Important For Your Health And Weight:
Well, you should treat sleep like you would your bank account! Because who doesn’t like money? Sleep is just like a bank balance you can deposit or withdraw from. Each time you get an early night and set yourself up with the best possible routine for a good night’s sleep, you make a deposit into your account!
But then there are the nights you stay up on your phone for hours, chipping away at your rest for the next day. Yup, you just made a withdrawal. The more withdrawals you make from your account, the more likely you are to become “overdrawn”, which could lead you to anything from being a bit irritable to a lowered immune system.
Being overdrawn is never a great place to be, and its often the cause of a lot of discomforts that aren’t always immediately noticeable, until its too late!
Put simply: Make good sleep deposits, little and often to keep your body and health in credit.
But how much sleep do we really need?
Most of us need around 8 hours of good-quality sleep a night to function properly – but some need more and some less. What matters is that you find out how much sleep you need and then try to achieve it.
As a general rule, if you wake up tired and spend the day longing for a chance to have a nap, it’s likely that you’re not getting enough sleep.
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Let’s have a look at a couple of examples about Why Sleep Is Important For Your Health And Weight.
1. Getting those extra Zzz will boost your immunity!
If you seem to catch every cold and flu that’s going around, your bedtime could be to blame. Prolonged lack of sleep can disrupt your immune system, so you’re less able to fend off bugs.
Our bodies recover during the night, and the whole system strengthens.
2. Sleeping Can Help You Lose Weight!
On the other hand, sleeping less may mean you put on weight! Studies have shown that people who sleep less than 7 hours a day tend to gain more weight and have a higher risk of becoming obese than those who get 7 hours of sleep.
It’s believed to be because sleep-deprived people have reduced levels of leptin (the chemical that makes you feel full) and increased levels of ghrelin (the hunger-stimulating hormone).
You also tend to be awake a lot longer than those who sleep more, which will mean you are likely to eat more calories during the day. Also, not getting enough sleep will make you feel tired, which may lead you to eat energy-boosting foods or drinks to get your energy levels up. This may often be unhealthy sugary or processed foods.
Have you ever woken up at 11 am and not feeling hungry at all for at least 2 hours?
Now have you woken up early like at 7 am and feel super hungry?
Basically, the more we sleep, the more our whole system rests, our stomach gets a rest and goes to ‘sleep’ so when you wake up after a good nap, it will take a while for your system to be awakened, that’s why you don’t normally feel so hungry after a good night sleep.
But if you wake up early, after only getting a few hours of sleep, your body hasn’t had the time yet to completely recover and shut down. Your stomach normally stays up late digesting, so it will go to sleep last. So, when you wake up early, your stomach is going to need something, because it’s awake.
3. Getting enough sleep will boost your mental wellbeing.
Given that a single sleepless night can make you irritable and moody the following day, it’s not surprising that chronic sleep debt may lead to long-term mood disorders like depression and anxiety.
When people with anxiety or depression were surveyed to calculate their sleeping habits, it turned out that most of them slept for less than 6 hours a night.
Not to mention how much sleep is helping us without us even realizing when it comes to doing everyday simple tasks. From doing quick simple math in your mind to being able to focus at work, and not forget things!
If you didn’t get enough sleep the night before, you are likely to have ‘foggy’ mind, and being unable to focus and stay concentrated. You may be quite forgetful to things, which may affect your abilities to do your job right.
You will also be a lot more irritable and may burst out on people and situations you should normally keep your cool at.
4. Sleep helps reduce stress
If your body doesn’t get enough sleep, it can react by producing an elevated level of stress hormones, which are a natural result of today’s faster-paced lifestyles. A good-night sleep can help prevent this.
When you get enough sleep, your whole system rechargers, to your mental strength, to your energy levels and physical strength.
If you don’t get enough sleep, you will struggle both physically and mentally, and if you are struggling, you will be adding additional stress to your body.
You will also be irritable, which may lead you to react negatively to certain situations, which may create problems that may lead to stress.
5. Poor sleep is linked to increased inflammation
Sleep can have a major effect on inflammation in your body. In fact, sleep loss is known to activate undesirable markers of inflammation and cell damage.
Poor sleep has been strongly linked to long-term inflammation of the digestive tract, in disorders known as inflammatory bowel diseases.
One study observed that sleep-deprived people with Crohn’s disease were twice as likely to relapse as patients who slept well.
Researchers are even recommending sleep evaluation to help predict outcomes in individuals with long-term inflammatory issues.
In our article – Beat Acne With Diet, we have explained in detail why inflammation is so bad to our bodies and skin.
The Bottom Line
Sleep is very important to our bodies. It’s the only time we can rest and switch off completely from all our worries and everyday stress. Making sure you get a good night’s sleep will set you on a path of being healthier, happier, more productive, and successful.
Now, go have a nap!