Having a well rested, good quality sleep is imperative. This is pretty much an obvious fact that we often downplay because of the demands and expectations of our daily responsibilities. We often put other things first before ourselves. Try as you might to willfully ignore the consequences, there are glaring facts that we have to be reminded of to know that we should prioritize sleep, ASAP. These are the top reasons why you should be sleeping well starting tonight:
• Lack of sleep will make you FAT.
“If nothing else will motivate you to get more shut eye, this should be it: Sleep keeps the weight off not just for vanity but also for health. Lack of sleep can lead to more of both midnight and midday munching. It turns out that sleep deprivation triggers higher levels of a hunger inducing molecule that increased appetite during the afternoon, according to research presented at The Endocrine Society’s Annual Meeting this year. But the mindless munching doesn’t stop there.”
• Lack of sleep will lead to early death.
“Sleeping for Less Than Six Hours May Cause Early Death
Researchers in the United Kingdom and Italy analyzed data from 16 separate studies conducted over 25 years, covering more than 1.3 million people and more than 100,000 deaths. They found that those who generally slept for less than six hours a night were 12 percent more likely to experience a premature death than those who consistently got six to eight hours sleep.”
• Sleep helps you perform better.
“It increases cognition and memory. Better performance in the classroom may depend on how well you sleep.”
• Sleep lessens your chances of getting heart disease and stroke.
“We know that sleep quality and duration can have a major effect on many risk factors. These are the factors believed to drive chronic diseases, including heart disease. A review of 15 studies found that short sleepers are at far greater risk of heart disease or stroke than those who sleep 7 to 8 hours per night.”
• Sleep makes your body heal.
“When you’re sick, people tell you to get lots of rest and drink lots of fluids. That’s because we instinctively realize the healing power of sleep. Sleep is the time that our body is devoted to rest and repair, and it’s the time when your immune system is most active. So all you over achievers out there take note, sleep is not passive, it’s very active on a physiological level!
Sleep helps with depression and other mental issues.
“You’ll feel better emotionally. We know that chronically sleep deprived people have a much higher incidence of anxiety disorders and depression. This is probably due to sleep’s critical role in emotional processing, which appears to mainly take place during REM (dream sleep) but is by no means confined only to this stage of sleep.”
Sadly, a lot of busy people think that sleep is a waste of time and that it decreases their chances of getting things done. More often than not, we are all blinded by the daily grind because it often assumed that if we work hard, we will ultimately succeed and achieve the things we want be it monetary or for power. What we should be reminded of is that it’s a matter of defining success in a deeper perspective. A great career versus poor health may not be such a great idea after all. A lifestyle balance must be the focus of one’s priorities to have a meaningful and enriched life. So tonight, focus on this, if you are having a hard time sleeping, then diffuse your favorite blends in your BellaSentials Aromatherapy oil diffuser, sip some chamomile tea and detach from all electronic devices to relax your nerves and help you drift off to a sweet slumber. Let this be a reminder that YOU too deserve a good night’s rest.