We are always on the lookout for ways to transform our lives to make them more productive, happier and as a result, more fulfilling. Regrettably we sometimes forget that exercise and healthy eating – can only provide modest benefits if it is not paired with quality sleep. A good night’s sleep is vital to our physical and mental well-being. That is why the benefits of good sleep should never be underestimated and why getting a proper rest on a regular basis isn’t just a good idea, it’s an essential one.
If you are working hard, staying up late multiple nights in a row; it might be more beneficial for you to get your full 8 hours instead of going full “hustle” mode – not sleeping and potentially destroying a whole day’s productivity.
If you have a few days off over the holidays, one of the best things you can possibly do with your time is work on fixing your sleep habits.
Here are a few reasons why:
Sleep Helps Reduce Stress
If your body doesn’t get enough sleep, it can react by producing elevated levels of stress hormones, which are a natural byproduct of today’s faster paced lifestyles. Deep and regular sleep can help prevent this.
Sleep Helps Your Body Fight Back
While you are sleeping your body is producing extra protein molecules that can strengthen your ability to fight infection and recover quicker. Consequently, if you’re feeling a bit run down and you don’t want the bad bacteria to take over, go to bed early and get lots of rest.
Get a good night’s sleep before getting out the paintbrush, pen and paper or entering a think-tank. As well as, consolidating memories, or making them stronger, your brain reorganizes and restructures them, which may result in more creativity. Researchers at Harvard University and Boston College found that people seem to strengthen the emotional components of a memory during sleep, which may help spur the creative process.
Sleep Puts you In A Better Mood
Lack of sleep can make us more agitated, so we are more likely to snap at the boss or be grumpy with a loved one, neither of which is beneficial. The better you sleep – the better your emotional control
Sleep Can Be a Pain Killer
Many studies have shown a link between sleep loss and a lower pain threshold. Principally, the more sleep you get the less pain you might be in. If you have been sticking to a rigorous physical routine and are constantly sore but cannot tell if you have severely injured yourself pumping iron or just training hard; quality sleep will help you recover faster and determine a result.
As an adult you are perfectly able to determine a reasonable time to go to sleep but I am just saying maybe jump off Netflix and get to sleep. Who knows, you might have an “epiphany” and realize how rewarding quality sleep is!
The take away point is:
Along with nutrition and exercise, good sleep is a fundamental pillar of health. You simply cannot achieve optimal health without taking care of your sleep.
A couple of tips to help you get to sleep faster and attain a higher quality sleep will be in a future article.