Why Sleep Is Important

We spend a third of our lives sleeping. Why does our bodies require us to shut off every night taking time away from doing things we enjoy doing? On average it is recommended to get at least 8 hours of sleep, sometimes more if you’re a child. There’s a lot of hypotheses on why we need sleep but we like to focus on the science and truth. Hundreds of biological processes happen while you’re asleep and you don’t even notice because you’re busy dreaming. Many people attempt to avoid sleep for whatever reason but today you’re going to learn why rest is something to take serious and how you can make it enjoyable. We all know how awful it feels when you don’t have proper rest. Hopefully you’ll understand why it’s important and how to get the most of this crucial time in between your busy days.


Getting enough sleep has a direct impact on obesity. Researchers have found that adults that don’t get enough sleep have a 55 percent chance of being obese. It’s even worse for children as they were found to have an 89 percent chance of being obese. A lack of sleep will also have a direct impact on your motivation and focus to get a workout in and to eat healthy the next day.


Sleep regulates your hormones causing multiple health benefits. When the body is stressed it releases a hormone called cortisol. An access amount of this hormone can have negative effects such as a raised blood glucose level, weakened immune response, and a modified metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Proper sleep has also been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and increase testosterone levels in men.


Improved immune function is associated with higher quality sleep. This is the reason why we feel tired when we are sick. Our bodies know what to do and it’s up to us to listen to it. People that sleep less than 7 hours a night are 3 times more likely to develop a cold then people that get 8 hours or more.


We’ve all woken up with brain fog or felt like slow thinkers before and a huge cause of this is poor sleeping patterns. Sleeping a full 8 hours of sleep is crucial for brain function and learning. Staying up all night studying may make your results worse because a lack of sleep affects memory and focus. There is other natural ways to increase memory and focus but it’s a no brainer that proper sleep is the strongest method.


If you’re prone to depression, poor sleep quality may be a cause and contributing factor this problem. It’s been reported that 90 percent of people with depression also suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder that disrupts your breathing while you sleep.


If you want to become a more empathetic and caring person it’s a good idea to prioritize your sleep patterns. We all know how people can be grumpy and have a negative attitude when they’re stressed from a lack of sleep. Getting proper rest will not only benefit you but it will also benefit all your connections and relationships. If you’re deprived of sleep, you’ll lose the ability to properly interpret expressions. 


Striving to be a better athlete is a goal for many people and sleep is an underrated technique to get to your accomplishments. A better nights rest will increase your speed, reaction time, and accuracy. It is crucial for any level of athlete and for anyone trying to become a better version of themselves to get the rest they deserve.


Now that you understand the importance of this strange phenomenon we go through every night, we can now address what’s damaging to this process. With a few simple modifications to your lifestyle, perfect sleep is more than obtainable. The start and finish to a perfect day begins with a refreshed mind and ends with a comfortable rest. For more information check out the best selling book by Shawn Stevenson that has helped thousands of people make the most out of their sleep


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