Why a Good Night's Sleep is Necessary for Your Health

If a person has an affinity for sleeping, this can be misconstrued in a way that they're lazy. This is actually a very harmful reputation to give something so necessary to proper human function. With people beginning to work longer hours and struggling to find time for their passions, many of us often do not give enough time to get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. But those who do should be proud. With so many distractions throughout the day and evening, it's often hard to properly prepare for the day ahead through a good night's sleep. This creates an endless cycle of exhaustion that only stifles productivity.

As previously mentioned, sleep is pivotal for the human body to function properly. It promotes a proper metabolism, regulates hormonal releases, and improves our overall health and cognitive productivity. We need to stop putting sleep on the backburner for the sake of our work and daily lives and instead make it a priority for the sake of our work and daily lives.

The Impact of Sleep

Everyone knows the feeling of grogginess and irritability they get after a poor nights sleep. This happens because the body hasn't had enough time to fully recuperate from the previous day's work leaving us to feel fatigued. Another way sleep affects our bodies is through hormones. The body tries to release hormones that make us feel hungry, happy and all sorts of other ways on a regulated schedule. For someone with a very unregimented sleep schedule, it becomes difficult for the body to release these hormones without first being stimulated. Conversely, someone who has a regulated sleep schedule may have more automated hormonal secretions. In other words, having a regulated sleep schedule will likely regulate your entire life. When your sleep schedule is regulated you start off your day feeling awake and activate your internal alarm clock, you begin to feel hungry at the same time of the day every day, and get sleepy when its time to go to bed. Sleeping on a regular schedule can help you kick those bad habits of hitting the snooze button, snacking between meals and even help with insomnia.

As mentioned previously, while you sleep your body recuperates itself and during this time the body also has a great chance to create blood cells and antibodies to fight off potential illness. This is why people tell you to get rest when you are sick, but sleep will not only help you to recover from an illness, but getting a full night's sleep every night can also prevent illnesses from even happening by improving your immune system.

Sleep is not only effective at improving your physical health, but can also be effective in improving mental health. Mental health disorders like depression often have very similar symptoms to lack of sleep. By regulating sleep, the harshness of some of these symptoms such as fatigue, excessive tiredness, and insomnia and be reduced. Of course a healthy sleep pattern is not the cure to any mental disorder, but it can improve some of the symptoms.

Sleep and Productivity

A well-rested mind is ready to take what life is throwing at you. A full night's sleep improves cognitive productivity greatly by giving he brain enough time to digest and recover from everything that happened the day before. Sleep improves numerous productivity on many levels, it improves speed, memory, and motivation. We’ve all had a day where we needed to remember something and stayed up all night thinking about it, but still somehow forgot it the next day, when all along the best resolution was likely to write it out, forget about it and get some sleep. Having a regulated sleep schedule also improves productivity by allowing one to plan out their life in a more detailed way. When you know exactly when you are going to bed, you know exactly how many things you have time to do, and if you've gotten enough sleep you should be up to getting all of your tasks done, and if not, it can wait until tomorrow.          

Of course it is okay to have a cheat day every now and again. Everyone needs to get out and enjoy the world every once and a while. However, regulating your sleep schedule and making a valid attempt at getting six to eight hours of sleep every night will greatly improve your quality of life and help you to make time to achieve your goals. Making sleep a priority is not lazy, in fact, it may just make you feel a little less like being lazy and a little more like getting things done.

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