The importance of sleep is profound. If you do not get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night, you can spend your day lethargic, irritable, and lack concentration and focus while performing even the simplest tasks.
People must understand the importance of sleep and how it affects the body.
Poor sleep takes a toll on the body and mind. Studies suggest that chronic sleep loss is a risk factor for diabetes. In recent years, several laboratories have begun to study markers of health in volunteers in which sleep was restricted. These studies showed that sleep loss has an adverse effect on our ability to metabolize sugar.
In one week of severe sleep deprivation—such as four to five hours per night—a healthy, lean, fit volunteer fell into a prediabetic state. Lack of sleep can contribute to obesity as well—causing weight gain by affecting the way our bodies handle carbohydrates and altering hormone levels related to appetite.
However, getting the required hours of sound sleep has prominent benefits promoting good health. One of the major health benefits of sleep is that it assists the body in fighting and recovering from numerous diseases and health problems. Sleep gives your body a chance to repair the damaged cells and functions, strengthens the immune system and helps you deal with physical and mental stresses in a better way.
Here’s a few tips for a great night’s sleep:
-Cut out all caffeine by 2:00 p.m., avoid alcohol after 6:00 p.m.
-Avoid heavy meals right before bed. Instead snack on cottage cheese and a banana which contains protein and tryptophan, a sleep-aiding amino acid in the body
-Bathe or shower early and avoid anything that raises your body temperature too close to bed time
-Set the mood for slumber by keeping your room dimly lit, at a cool temperature, and turn off your cell phone
Following these simple tips will help you to wake refreshed and rejuvenated, while keeping you healthier and happier.