Did you know that sleep is probably one of the most important things that the human body needs beyond water? Are you aware of just how important sleep is when it comes to your body’s natural requirements? If the answer to these questions is no then this is an article which will change how you think about sleep in general, and the effects which it can have on your life. Many think that there is a certain romantic glory to only grabbing 4 hours sleep per night and ‘still being able to function’ but in truth this is nonsense, and these people are risking their health. We spoke to the team at PROFMed Healthcare Solutions to dig a little deeper into the importance of a good night’s sleep.
When you sleep this gives your muscles, your brain and your cells the cancer to relax, ate stock and process what has happened during the day. It is vital for cell repair and growth that you spend sufficient time sleeping, and most importantly your brain requires sleep, particularly the conscious part of your brain, in order to process data and recuperate before another day begins.
Dangers of Not Sleeping
The dangers of not getting sufficient sleep each night are numerous and you will no doubt have felt some of these yourself after a poor night of sleep. The first thing to note is that you will have drastically lower energy levels as a result of not sleeping, which will impact you throughout the day. Secondly you are likely to be less tolerant, easily frustrated and you will have difficulty focusing and organizing things, owing to the brain being overworked and tired. In the long term, lack of good sleeping patterns have been linked to diseases later in life such as Alzheimers and dementia. If you are trying to lose weight then regardless of what you eat and how you exercise, you will see poor results if you are not sleeping and recuperating, plus you will feel worse the next day when you have to go the gym. All told, not getting enough sleep can be very damaging to both brain and body.
You should be getting between 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night. In order to do this you need to nail down a nightly routing whereby you go to bed and wake up at more or less the same times each night. In the hours leading up to you going to sleep, it is important to avoid any food or drinks which will give you energy, as well as avoiding TVs and mobile devices, which will wake your brain up, not what you want before sleeping. Make sure that you follow the same routine each night to not only get the sleep you need, but also the sleep quality.
Sleeping is not difficult, in fact most of us love it, the dangers of not sleeping are simply not worth it so nail down your routine tonight!