Why is sleep important?
“Sleep is the best meditation” ~ Dalai Lama
Who would have thought? The key to a healthier lifestyle, which includes getting fit, requires you to spend hours and hours a day in the most restful state imaginable.
You may pay little attention to how much and when you sleep. You may think it’s not that important. But in fact, there is a whole scientific study called Sleep Physiology, which focuses on the importance of proper sleep. So many people don’t get enough sleep every day, and many others don’t get the proper sleep they need. If you think sleeping is just a “time out” from your daily routine, think again. It’s not only the quantity but the quality of your sleep that is the key to a healthy mind, healthy body, and beauty. Don’t think of sleep as a luxury; think of it as a necessity!
Sleep affects every aspect of your life, and is vital to your physical, mental, and emotional health. It restores, rejuvenates, and re-energizes your body and brain, and has tremendous effects on your life, career, and well-being.
Sleep deprivation and certain sleep disorders can cause illness, stress, fatigue, high blood pressure, stroke, and make you prone to dangerous accidents. When your body doesn’t get enough sleep your immune system is lowered and you are more likely to catch a virus or infection.
When it comes to mental health, good sleep improves productivity, learning, memory, logical reasoning and concentration.
Getting adequate sleep helps you feel emotionally stable and control your mood. Especially important is sleep for women who suffer from PMS. Sleeping well on a regular schedule relieves some symptoms and helps manage the syndrome.
Lack of sleep may also impair your social life, as it can lead to irritability and lack of patience.
Being well rested also reflects on your appearance and weight control. Sunken eyes with dark circles, dull-looking or pale skin, and loss of vibrancy are signs that you may not be sleeping well at night. And not getting enough rest may cause you to eat more than you need. When you are tired you are likely to reach for comfort food to compensate for your need to sleep. Sometimes hunger can be mistaken for fatigue – all you may really need is a nap instead of food. People who get adequate sleep are less likely to snack or overeat.
All that, plus sleep enhances your energy levels, reaction time, performance under stress, communication skills, creativity, and safety.
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