Sleep. Are you getting enough?

 Lately I’ve been so tired and I wanted to take the time to talk about sleep. I’ve rearranged my schedule lately to see if I can get in more sleep, and I must say that it’s really helping me a lot! Sleep is one of the most important things for the body. And sometimes one of the more frequent things we push off. 

Why is getting enough sleep so important?

For starters it can effect how you act when your awake. When you sleep, your body is working in your mental health, physical health, and quality of health.

Promotes brain function and well being

Your brain prepares for the next day while you sleep and studies show that enough rest at night leads to improved learning.

When you don’t get enough sleep, you may have trouble making decisions, have mood swings, or have trouble controlling emotions.

Physical health

This is super important, espically if you workout. When you sleep, your body heals and repairs your heart and blood vessels. It also works on repairing tissues and muscle fibers, aiding in growth and development. 

Sleep maintains your hungry hormones so often times when you don’t get enough sleep you feel hungrier. 

Sleep deprivation increases the risk of obesity and higher blood sugar levels. And if you didn’t know this already, when you don’t get enough sleep your more prone to getting sick. 

Daytime performance 

Getting enough sleep helps you function regularly during the day. If you are sleep deprived, your tired, less productive, have slower reaction times, and make more mistakes. 

So every night you skip out on 1 or 2 hours of sleep, you may not feel it the next day, but it starts to add up. So in a few days your completely wiped.

For me this happens by Thursday. I’m so tired I can’t even think straight. So I’ve been skipping my workouts in the morning to allow for another hour of sleep. I instead get my workout done in the afternoon and then still make it to bed on time for a full nights rest. 

Thank you to the NIH where I found most of this information when researching about my sleep problems. I just wanted to share! 


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