Why Sleep Is Vital for Your Health
Do you find yourself getting little to no sleep each night? How well do you function on such little sleep? Getting a good night’s rest is essential for helping a person maintain optimal health and well-being. We here at Rosewood Care Centers believe that sleep is an exercise vital to your health and recovery. Follow our tips below to find out why.
- Sleep helps you become more productive throughout the day resulting in better concentration and focus when completing daily tasks. The amount of sleep you get is directly linked to important brain functions such as cognition, productivity, and concentration.
- Weight gain and feeling lethargic. When your body is not getting the rest it needs, you may feel low on energy. While lack of sleep is not directly linked to weight gain, there are many factors to consider. You may not have the energy to participate in vigorous or physical activity. Feeling lethargic can also lead to poor eating habits. Eating a well-balanced diet goes hand-in-hand with getting enough sleep.
3. Additionally, studies have shown that sleep deprivation can alter the glucose metabolism and hormones involved in regulating your metabolism – ultimately causing weight gain. Practicing a good sleep schedule combined with an at–home exercise program can lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle.
- Greater athletic and physical performance. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adequate sleep for adults is between 7 to 9 hours a night. While you are sleeping, your body works to repair muscles, organs, and other cells. Your body is essentially resetting to help you function better the next day. By practicing a good sleep pattern your body will perform better, you will have more energy, better coordination, and better mental functioning.
- Lower risk of heart disease. One risk factor for heart disease is high blood pressure. Getting adequate rest each night allows the body’s blood pressure to regulate itself. In doing so, you can reduce the chances of sleep-related conditions and promote better overall heart health.
- Stronger immune system. Do you feel a cold coming on? Sleep is the best thing to help you recover quickly! When getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night, you are repairing your body and making it stronger resulting in a better and stronger immune system. Sleep helps the body repair, regenerate, and recover.
The amount of sleep a person needs may vary by age, but the important thing to remember is that every person needs it to function at their best. Some signs you may not be getting enough rest include: waking up in the middle of the night, still not feeling rested after an adequate amount of sleep, mood swings, weight gain, and depression. Sleep is a vital, often neglected, component of every person’s overall health and well-being.