Good Sleep Saves Lives

Good Sleep Saves Lives

Sleep is one of the simplest ways to help your body heal, but did you know that 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep? Not only are there physical benefits but there are also many psychological benefits to catching enough z’s.  In light of World Sleep Day on March 18th, we’ve listed a few benefits below to encourage everyone to sleep themselves to a healthy and happy existence.

 Help maintain a healthy weight.

 Sleeping poorly usually leads to overeating, as your body requires more energy to stay awake for longer. Unfortunately many people tend to reach for high calorie foods, late in the day. Feeling tired will be discouraging for exercise as well, so getting enough sleep can help you maintain a healthy weight and a balanced diet.

 Improve your attention and concentration.

 We’ve all experienced brain fog that descends after a bad night. Everything is affected - your attention span, ability to concentrate, assessment of risks and reactions, and strategic thinking are all askew. A proper nights sleep allows your brain and body to rest and reset, and help you to stay sharp, focused and in control throughout the day.

 Keep your heart healthy and happy.

 When you sleep, your heart rate and blood pressure naturally drop, giving your heart time to rest and recover after a long days work. If you don’t sleep properly, your sympathetic nervous system remains stimulated at night and “fight or flight” mode is activated making your heart rate and blood pressure remain up. This often means you will have high blood pressure during the day too.

 Encourage a strong immune system.

 Sleep gives your immune system time to rest, repair, reset and remember. When foreign bugs or germs enter the body, our immune system can work not only to fight them off, but also to remember them so if they return your body is prepared.

 Maintain healthy relationships.

 Getting enough sleep helps us to regulate our emotions and communicate more efficiently. It can help us start the day in a positive head space, and that will naturally rub off on other people that we surround ourselves with.

 Emotional and mental well-being.

 Restful and proper sleep not only helps maintain a healthy body, but also a healthy mind. If you have a lot on your mind, it is easy to stay up at night analysing. In the long term this won’t help as the following day you will have added to your list of worries and stresses. Improving your sleep is proven to improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Reduces stress levels.

Stress comes at us from all angles these days. Work, relationships, finances, health. When you feel stressed your body releases a stress hormone, cortisol. This can keep you awake and alert. If you are able to encourage a peaceful and calming routine before bed, you will help to wind your body down before trying to sleep. A good nights sleep will help you tackle your daily stress with a clearer and calmer head.

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