A good nights sleep is important for many reasons. As we all know catching a few zzz’s can make you feel better but the benefits of sleep go much deeper than an improved mood. Sleep plays an important part in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
I am a mom. I haven’t had a full nights sleep in over 4 years. My children have this unique super power, the power to detect when my head touches my pillow at night, delaying bedtime for Mommy inevitably. My husband and I often laugh about this situation, but in all honesty it is not a laughing matter.
Sleep plays a factor in your quality of health. Not getting enough sleep can lead to an increase in accidents. The Institute of Medicine estimates that one out of five auto accidents in the U.S. are a direct result of drowsy driving. When you are not sleeping enough you are more likely to trip over toys or cut yourself when dicing veggies because you are not as alert as you would be after a good night of sleep.
Making time for more sleep can improve your memory. When we sleep our brains are busy working into the night, going through the consolidation process which is like strengthening memories. Sleeping an adequate amount of time leads to clearer thinking, less confusion and fewer weird incidents such as putting the dustpan in the refrigerator instead of the broom closet. I had had several weird events that could have been avoided if I had been sleeping like a normal person. Once I poured milk into the coffee pot when I meant to pour milk into a cup for my son, obviously I was exhausted and not thinking clearly.
Sleep impacts your overall health. People that have a Blossoms Healthcare sleeping routine are more successful at maintaining their weight. When you are tired your body is likely to crave foods that are high in fat and calories because they need the fuel to keep going. Also, when you are exhausted you are likely to skip exercising and settle for fast or convenience foods to avoid the effort of cooking simply because you are tired.
Sleep patterns can impact your blood glucose levels. In studies conducted on healthy young people after four days of inadequate sleep three of ten of the subjects had a significant change in blood glucose levels, they qualified as pre-diabetic after 4 days of irregular sleep.
Sleep is vital for your health. There is no substitute for sleep, despite what the manufacturers of energy drinks want you to believe.
I may not see 8 hours of sleep a night anytime soon, but I am taking on a new outlook when it comes to sleep. Instead of viewing it as a chore or trying to push more into my day, I am considering a good nights sleep an investment in my health and my family.
How many hours of sleep are you getting each night? I average 3.5 hours now but I am striving for 6 hours a night. If you are not sleeping more than 5 hours, I challenge you to catch a few extra zzz’s and improve your quality of life.