We all know the consequences of too little sleep: we feel tired, sluggish, groggy and it’s hard to concentrate. Whether it’s a regular occurrence or just occasional, lack of sleep can affect anyone at any time. Illness, age, and lifestyle are all factors that can affect our sleep.
Sleep is important because it’s when our bodies repair and recharge. Think of sleep as your body’s night shift. It’s still on duty, even when you’re dreaming. This is why sleep plays such an important role in our physical health. While sleeping, the body repairs the heart and blood vessels. When brain waves slow down during sleep, breathing, heart rate and blood pressure slow down, too. During the restorative stage of sleep, blood flow moves to our muscles and tissues, repairing them and preparing them for another day.
Lack of sleep has also been linked to weight gain. When we’re feeling drowsy, sluggish or even a little depressed, we tend to reach for more carbohydrates and sugary foods. Our bodies produce more of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes us to store body fat, especially around the middle.
While at certain times in our lives a great night’s sleep just isn’t likely to happen (like becoming a new parent), restful, restorative sleep can be achieved. Check out these tips:
Remember, sleep plays an important role in your physical health. While better sleep may not be the answer to all health problems, sleep can help us feel better which definitely leads to better health choices like eating right, staying active and mentally feeling in tip-top shape!
The blog is written by Lisa Dawson, the Director of Marketing at The Colony ER Hospital.
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