Why sleep should be a priority and what we need to know about how to make it happen. Sleep is a basic human function. Lack of sleep impacts our cardiovascular system, increased stress levels, sluggish metabolism which leads to weight gain, foggy memory, inflammation, depression, anxiety and an overall suppressed immune system. If you don’t get enough sleep, you can’t work efficiently, you get irritable, moody, irritated. Lack of sleep results in higher levels of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone released by the adrenal glands that helps the body prepare for fight or flight by promoting the release of glucose and lipids in the blood for energy metabolism. It breaks down fat for energy. But when you don’t get enough sleep, and the level of this hormone increases, it starts suppressing the immune system by lowering white blood cells, it increases cholesterol in the bloodstream which adds to plaque and buildup in the arteries. This then leads to an increase in insulin levels which makes you hungry, craving sweet and fatty foods which are not good for you.
Ever wondered why at night we starve? Or ever wondered why we wake up in the middle of the night hungry? Well this is why. We are too stressed because we are not getting enough sleep and it will show up through our physical body in one way or another. Whether it’s weight gain, chronic migraines, or other illnesses. Insomnia is defined as poor sleep quality, abnormal waking, or the inability to fall asleep. Since 90% of our population is stressed, insomnia along with muscle tension and headaches are symptoms of lack of rest. Stress on the mind affects the body and causes literal physical stress.
For starters, your skin will glow from sleep. When you sleep, your skin makes new collagen and your body increases its blood flow so you have glowing skin. We will reduce the fine lines around our forehead, lips, and eyes. Your eyes won’t be puffy or dark and you won’t look like a wet mouse. They don’t call it a pretty bed for nothing dear. Why sleep should be a priority and the tools we need to know how to make it happen And it happens every night. There have been many studies done that conclude sleep is essential for optimal health. It improves your personality from moody to happy, helps concentration, attention, and you will be more productive and happy to do it. For adults 8 hours of sleep a night will provide all these benefits and for children at least 10 hours is sufficient. I know we sometimes have nights where we wake up later than usual, but one night can bring the rhythm of our whole body to a halt for two weeks! And most people think that if they sleep longer or more the next day, they’ll all be busy, but that’s not how it works. We must make a conscious decision to make sleep a priority.
1. Eat a healthy and balanced diet during the day.
2.Train your brain and train your body.
3. Drinking plenty of water ensures to stay hydrated.
4.Do not drink or eat anything containing caffeine at least 2 hours before bedtime. Caffeine is the best choice and will make your nervous system work. By removing this, you allow your body to get ready for its resting time.
5.Reduce screen time usage on anything, tablet, smartphone, computer, TV, etc. The light from these devices keeps the brain active and can delay sleep.
6. Try reading, bathing, meditating or praying to calm your nerves.
7. Sprinkle the room with an essential oil like lavender or lemon. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can apply the oil on a cotton ball and place it next to your bed or in the vent in your bedroom. We can also rub it on our hands and inhale it, taking deep breaths so that our body relaxes and is ready for sleep.
8. You can drink soothing herbal teas or try supplements like melatonin and valerian root to help you get a good night’s rest.
When you apply these steps, you will really shine. We will be less stressed, more prepared and confident in front of the house and work, no longer feel completely tired, We will not feel anxious or depressed because our mood will improve drastically.