The importance of quality sleep!
Why is sleep so important? Sleep plays such an important in our health and our well-being. I for one am an “early to bed, early to rise” kind of gal. I know that when I don’t have a good sleep, I often feel cranky, moody, and my cravings swing all over the place.
I feel like society has glorified being tired! You’re not important unless you’re running on three hours of sleep, stressed out, overworked, and on your fourth cup of coffee. Does this sound familiar? We’ve put being stressed out and exhausted up on a pedestal.
Look at new parents! Everyone has an opinion about parenting, whether asked for or not. Sleep when baby sleeps. But that’s the only time you should do laundry? Clean? Shower? Oh but dinner needs to be on the table by a certain time, and haven’t you shaved? You know you really should sleep when baby sleeps … I don’t even have kids but I know for certain that sleep goes out the window when you do.
Anyway I’m getting a little off topic here. The agenda for today is a little bit about the importance of sleep. Sleeping is when our body has a chance to rest and repair. The quality of your sleep really does mirror the quality of your life.
Physically, adequate sleep repairs your body from injury, illness; even maintenance of your vital organs and vessels. Chronic fatigue has been shown to have an effect on your heart (increases your risk of heart disease) as well as your kidneys. Studies have shown that sleep deficiencies are also linked to an increase in obesity, for the role that sleep has on your hormones like Ghrelin, Leptin, and Insulin (source)! Quality sleep keeps your hormones regulating properly, keeping you satiated and balanced. When you’re sleepy, you’re hungrier, causing you to eat more (and you’re probably not in the state of mind to pick kale over cake). Because this is a time for your body to repair itself, it also keeps your physical body in check. Repairing muscles, injuries, or supporting your body’s natural functions like detoxing or fighting infection, chronic fatigue can lead to pain, injuries, or weakened immune systems.
Mentally/Emotionally, sleep keeps your brain happy. And what’s your brains job? Oh just about everything. (There is a simple daily routine that you can do to help keep your brain balanced, for more info click here!) Adequate sleep helps with memory retention, learning, attention, problem solving, and decision-making. Chronic sleep deficiency can actually alter your brain (source) making your mood spin around like the Wheel of Fortune. Coping with everyday stress and change all become unbearable when you’re dealing with a lack of sleep.
Spiritually, sleep is when we do some of our best work. The meridians all have their time when their Qi is at it’s highest and lowest (that’s a blog for another day!) It’s also when our spirit has free reign to work out issues, deal with stress, communicate, and do it’s spiritual thing (AKA… DREAMING!) Sometimes, if your dreams are getting to be a little too much, or you’re experiencing some negative side effects from your wild spirit, send me a message, we can definitely chat about that.
So, all of this, and all you have to do is catch a few more ZZZ’s? Sounds doable, however, when do humans ever make anything easy for themselves? Here are a few tricks to a solid sleep from yours truly.
Wishing everyone a sound sleep going forward, until next time!