Lifestyle

Life Changing Benefits of Sleep

May 25, 2022

Many people undervalue the importance of sleep and don’t understand the life-changing benefits of a good night’s rest. You will be provided with tips and hacks to improve your sleep quality and maximize your health in every way. 

Here are some of the reasons why sleep is so vital. 

Improved metabolism and better body composition

If losing weight is a goal of yours, the amount of sleep you get may be just as crucial as your diet and exercise. Poor sleep has been linked to weight gain, and higher body mass index, and can influence how easily you lose weight on a calorie-controlled diet. 

Stronger immune system.

To maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, getting sick doesn’t fit into our schedule. Studies show that people are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a common cold or flu if they do not have enough or quality sleep. 

In a better mood

You’ll know firsthand that sleep affects mood. After a sleepless night, you may be more irritable, short-tempered, and vulnerable to stress. After a good night’s sleep, your spirit often returns to normal. 

Reduced Stress and improved productivity

Adults who sleep less than 8 hours a night are also more likely to feel overwhelmed and report a higher stress level. Mood, patience and concentration are negatively impacted, affecting productivity at work and relationships with co-workers and loved ones.

Enhanced performance during physical activity

Sleep is the time when the body repairs itself.
Getting enough rest after a workout strengthens your muscles and tissues, which can help you avoid fatigue and exercise-related injuries.

Better decision making

Consistent lack of sleep can lead to impaired judgment, lack of motivation and poor decision-making skills, leading to unhealthy dietary decisions and skipping out on exercise.

These are a few of the many essential benefits sleep has on our bodies. 

If you're not sure that you are getting enough good quality sleep. Try analyzing yourself to note for any of 5 these warning signs that indicate your sleep pattern is off:

  1. You feel moody, emotional and short-tempered
  2. You find yourself getting sick more often
  3. Your libido is lowered due to unbalanced hormones
  4. You're struggling to lose body fat
  5. You can’t perform as well during exercise

If you want to optimize your health, here are 4 tips for getting a good nights sleep:

  1. Reduce blue light in the eveming. Eliminate screen time from phones, computers and TV’s 1-2 hours before bedtime. 
  2. Stay away from caffeine and alcohol late in the day and avoid nicotine altogether. 
  3. Try to minimize external light and noise. Optimize your sleeping space to make sure the bedroom is a relaxing, clean, and peaceful place. 
  4. Set your bedroom temperature to 20 degrees Celsius or lower depending on preference. A cooler room will help you fall asleep and stay asleep longer by lowering your core temperature and improving melatonin production. Melatonin is the body’s natural sleep hormone.

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