Wendy Handy

Wendy Handy

Why is Sleep so Important?

Sleep!  What happens when I sleep? How do I get better sleep?

Sleep - what happens when we sleep? How do I get better sleep?

What is going on with our bodies when we sleep and why is it so important to get good sleep? I hope to answer this and other questions that you might have in regards to sleep and how important it is to your overall health… at any age.

When we sleep, our body goes into repair mode. What is it repairing you might ask. Just about everything from your brain to your heart every cell in your body is repairing itself. That's why it's so important to your overall health to get enough sleep and to get good quality sleep each and every night

It’s impossible to control everything that can interfere with your sleep. But, you can create habits that encourage better sleep.

And believe it or not, it has an affect on our weight management or if we're trying to lose weight, our weight loss!   Yup...enough good quality can help you lose and maintain your weight. 

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These 6 VERY IMPORTANT things happen while your sleeping:


Sleeping is prime brain time. While you’re cruising through REM stages, the brain to working to categorize the thoughts, interactions and memories you made throughout the day. Because of this activity, research has shown studying before bed increases your ability to recall the material.

1.  Your internal body temperature drops. In order to regulate, your internal body temperature drops to increase melatonin production and decrease serotonin until it’s needed when you awake. Growth hormones are also released during sleep which assist in repairing muscles, cells and tissues.

2.  “Beauty sleep” is no joke. Your skin benefits greatly from sleep, as you’ve probably noticed a dull tone to your skin when you’re tired. During sleep, the hormone collagen is released, which helps the skin stay smooth and healthy - important for reducing wrinkles!

3.  Strengthen your immune system. Sleep helps restore the body’s immune system to help fight infection. When you’re feeling sleep deprived or have that “worn down feeling” you are more vulnerable to contracting an illness and not being able to fight it off.

4.  Don’t stress out! In today’s crazy, busy world, it’s simple to say that stress levels are high for many adults. Sleep is important to help the body decrease high levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and bring it back to a balanced level for the next day.

5.  Curb your cravings. You’ve also probably noticed how your appetite changes when you don’t get enough sleep. We tend to crave salty, fatty foods that are a bust for balanced diets. Aim to sleep for at least seven hours a night to help curb high-calorie cravings.

6.  Love your heart. Doctors joke your heart is actually the happiest when you’re sleeping. While you sleep, the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to circulate blood throughout the body, meaning your blood pressure and heart rate drop.
As you can see, sleep is extremely important to the body and its natural functioning.


Better sleep

RECAP - 6  REASONS TO GET ENOUGH SLEEP

Muscles, cells and tissue repair
Your skin repairs
Restore the immune system
Regulate cortisol levels
Curbs your craving
Heart Healthy

Create Good Sleep Habits with these Tips!


1. Have and stick to a sleep schedule

The average adult needs between and 7 - 9 hours of sleep a night. Everyone is different. Your body will tell you what’s your sweet spot!
It’s important to try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day, and that includes weekends. This will reinforce your body's sleep-wake cycle. If you’ve ever set an alarm to go to work, you might have noticed that after a certain amount of time, you don’t need the alarm, you wake up at the same time anyway. You’ve set your internal sleeping schedule.

If you have a night where you can’t fall asleep within about 20 minutes of going to bed, try getting up and leaving your bedroom. Do something you find relaxing. I find reading works well for me. When you get tired, get back in bed.

2. Keep tabs on what you eat and drink during the day - but don’t go crazy with this one!

Eat early enough, that you allow your body to digest your food before going to bed. At least 2 hours is good, and make sure it’s not a heavy meal.
Limit caffeine during the day which can be stimulating and keep you awake. If you’re a smoker (stop…LOL) nicotine can do the same. And even though alcohol might help you fall asleep right away, it can take hours to wear off and will almost certainly interrupt your sleep when it does.

3. Create an optimal sleeping environment

Your bedroom should be cool, dark and quiet. Limit using your devices like TV cell phones and computers too close to bed time.

Taking a bath before you climb into bed can help you relax and can help promote better sleep. Essential oils like lavender and chammomile can help you wind down too. Use any other relaxation techniques that work for you.

4. Limit afternoon naps

Taking naps longer than an hour during the day or too late in the day can interrupt your nighttime sleep. If you work nights though, you may need to nap later in the day.

5. Exercise during the day

Even light physical activity can help promote better sleep. Just make sure it’s not too close to bedtime, as that can have the opposite effect!
Being outside every day can also be helpful.

6. Reduce Stress

Try not to go bed with worries and concerns on your mind. Try doing a “brain dump” before you climb into bed. Write down what's on your mind and then set it aside for the next day.
Some basic stress management: get organized, prioritize and delegate the days tasks. If you are a meditator (not sure that’s a real word) but meditation also can reduce anxiety.


Sleep well 💤😴

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