Sleep is More Important Than You Think


Man Sleeping in sun

We all know of someone who can stay up all hours of the night it seems – whether they are working, partying, gambling, or something else, some people just seem to be able to make it by with minimal hours of sleep. Maybe this is you. While we can come up with any excuse in the world to stay up late, the truth is that lack of sleep can significantly reduce your physical health and overall well-being.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute states that sleeping help your brain work properly; when you are sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day. Studies have shown that a good night’s sleep can aid in decision making, paying attention, being creative, and completing daily tasks more effectively. Lack of sleep can cause you to have difficulty making decisions or solving problems, trouble controlling your emotions and behavior, and challenge your ability to cope with change. Sleep deficiency has also been linked to depression, suicide, and other risk-taking behavior. Inadequate sleep may also cause us to experience more mood swings and may lead us to feeling more stressed.

Sleep is directly linked to our physical health – sleep allows our body to heal and repair our heart and blood vessels, and lack of sleep can lead to obesity, higher-than-normal blood sugar level, and decreased immune system functionality, meaning that you can become more susceptible to colds and infections. Sleeping 7-9 hours each night aids the immune system, metabolism, learning, memory, and energy.

Ensure you are getting a good night’s sleep by:

  • Go to bed earlier, and set a specific time. Stick to it just the way you do waking up by setting an alarm.
  • 45 minutes before you go to bed, start winding down by drinking a cup of tea, listening to relaxing music, or reading a book.
  • Write down whatever is on your mind, including unresolved issues or tasks that need to get completed. This will help you to go to sleep with a “clean slate” and so that you don’t wake up in the middle of the night concerned about it.

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