5 Reasons Sleep is Important

5 Reasons Sleep is Important

It’s a well-recognized fact that we do not perform at our best if we do not get the proper amount of sleep each night. If you’re getting less than the seven to eight hours of sleep per night, you may be affecting your health, your mood, and even your weight.

  1. Better Health – Numerous studies have showing a direct link between insufficient sleep and serious health problems. These problems can range from obesity to diabetes and even cardiovascular issues just as heart disease and heart attacks. Some studies have shown that those individuals who get seven hours or less of sleep each night are three times more likely to get sick as compared to those who got eight hours of sleep per night.
  2. Less Pain – Several studies have shown that getting enough sleep may actually make you hurt less as there is a link between sleep loss and lower pain threshold.
  3. Reduce Risk of Injury – We all know not getting enough sleep can make us foggy and less aware of our surrounding. Without proper sleep, we are at increased risk of injury, whether though a small injury at the house with our daily routine, of just not being as alert when we are out driving on the road or at our job. Without proper sleep, we are not always thinking clearly and clearly putting ourselves at a higher risk of injury.
  4. Mental Clarity – Ever feel like you’re just going through the motions of life? By not getting the right amount of sleep, it’s easy to feel like life is just on auto-pilot and you are just watching yourself go through the motions. Ever have trouble finding your keys in the morning, or forget something important? Improper sleep can be the reason this happens. Proper sleep recharges our brains and allows us to have the mental clarity we need to be productive at life.
  5. Better Calorie Control – When we are tired, the last thing we want to do is to cook or be active. This is a double whammy. When we are tired, we do not have the energy work out or be active. Likewise, when we are tired, we are more prone to eating highly processed sugary foods, instead of healthier foods that we know are better for us. This causes us to consume empty calories and at the same time, not give us the energy to be active and burn those calories off. This combination can cause weight gain as well as other unhealthy side effects.

Make sleep a priority. Try the following quick tips to get a better night sleep

  • Reduce distractions. Turn your phone off when in your bed.
  • Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than you normally do.
  • Do not consume caffeinated beverages 2 hours before bed.
  • Make sure your bedroom is dark and set to a cool temperature
  • Write down your to-do list for the next day each evening, so those thoughts of “what I need to do tomorrow” don’t keep you up at night.

Try these tips out immediately and just see how much better you’ll begin to feel!

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