Everyone has to sleep. Everyone does it on a regular basis and no matter your age, where you live or your health condition. We set our internal clocks so that we all try to go to sleep at the same time and then wake up a couple of hours later so that we can get up and get on with the day. But getting enough sleep is also an issue that not many people take seriously enough.
Sleeping is a little like shutting off your body and allowing it to recharge. Your body’s muscles relax, your eye movements slow down and your muscle tissues start to repair themselves. Your blood pressures lower and then your body’s energy levels are replenished, giving you everything you need to start the new day with a fresh mindset.
However, if we don’t get enough sleep, we could encounter some serious complications. Sleep plays a vital role in our lives, so let’s start taking it seriously by looking through a couple of reasons why it’s important to get a good night’s rest.
Improves your physical health
As mentioned briefly, sleep is important because it repairs your muscle tissues and helps your organs work optimally. A lack of sleep is actually linked to several diseases, such as an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and even the chance you’ll have a stroke. Sleeping less can also increase your risk of putting on weight because your body has less time to rest and recharge, and you’re also more likely to eat larger meals because you need the energy to sustain yourself if you don’t sleep much. The release of certain hormones when you sleep also helps to control your hunger, another contributing factor to the link between weight gain and a lack of sleep.
Sleep is also important for the growth of children. Sleeping releases hormones that are essential to the growth of children, but those same hormones also help repair your cells and improve your muscle mass. If you want to put on mass as a bodybuilder, then you need to make sure you get enough sleep because not only does sleeping repair your muscles, but it also lowers your energy consumption, giving you more energy to spend at the gym and work out.
Improves your mental health
When you sleep, your entire body shuts off most of its functions in order to prepare for a new day. It’s essentially getting your physical and mental state prepared for upcoming challenges, which is why we all wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go.
A lack of sleep, however, means that we wake up in a half-dazed state where we’re unclear what’s going on, we’re not sure what our tasks are, and we can feel very disorganised. This is generally because our brain hasn’t had time to reset itself, so we’re still thinking about things from the previous night or we haven’t been completely refreshed. This can lead to mood swings, difficulty solving problems, emotional issues and even a lack of attention. This means it’s incredibly important to get enough sleep if your work or daily tasks involve a lot of dangerous or demanding things. For instance, if you have to drive to work in the morning, then you should always try to get plenty of sleep because it’s been discovered that driving while drowsy is just as bad as driving under the influence.
In short, if you want better control over your emotions and an increased attention to detail, get lots of sleep. It’s a fantastic way to beat mood swings, depression, a lack of motivation and it can even save your life.
Getting a good night’s rest
So now that you know a few benefits of sleeping, here are a couple of ways to improve (or fix) your sleeping pattern. First, stick to a sleep schedule. It doesn’t matter what day or season it is, the more dedicated you are to a schedule the more likely you’ll stick to it and tune your internal clock to same time. Pick a time to go to bed, even if you’re on holiday, and stick to that time. Remain consistent throughout your life and if you find it’s difficult to fall asleep, try and readjust your schedule to accommodate that.
Next, we should mention comfort. Getting a good night’s rest is highly dependent on the type of bed you have and the comfort that surrounds you. Make sure your mattress and pillow are both comfortable enough so that you don’t wake up with aches and pains, and that you feel physically comfortable when in bed. The features of a good bed depend on the individual sleeping in it, so make sure to try out different kinds of mattresses and comforters to find your perfect match. This is where you should definitely invest in quality. It might sound expensive spending lots of money on expensive items such as a down comforter from Plumeria Bay or a luxurious pillow, but it makes sense because you spend around a third of your life sleeping, so why not invest in a comfortable bed?
If the mattress is far too expensive for you right now, then you should at least invest in a good quality pillow. Pillow play an important role in sleeping because it’s what you rest your head on, meaning it provides support to your neck as well as your upper back. Of course, pillow quality is subjective, but there’s no denying that a good quality pillow can make a huge difference in your sleep quality.
Lastly, pay attention to your diet. Don’t go to bed after having just eaten because your food needs time to be digested and broken down in your stomach. Give yourself a couple of hours before you go bed if you’ve just eaten, even if it will disrupt your sleeping schedule because the discomfort might cause you to wake up at night or toss and turn in bed. If you drink too much before bed, then you’re more prone to getting up at night to go toilet and interrupting your sleep.