“Sleep is an investment in the energy you need to be effective tomorrow.” – Tom Roth
So, well said!
Sleep is not just an activity; rather it is an investment we do every night to ensure we are active, energetic, and effective the next morning. However, the modern lifestyle cradling “the nightlife” and the compelling work life necessities make many of us compromise with sleep. The consequences are slow, but erosive for our health and overall wellbeing. It is important to delve deep into sleep and understand why sound sleep is so important for our mind and body and prevent the damage caused due to lack of proper sleep.
Sleep is important for hearth health
During normal sleep, our blood pressure calms down and remains in a healthy range as all the body functions become steady. When we don’t sleep enough, the blood pressure remains high for a longer period of time increasing our risk for heart diseases. Lack of sleep is also correlated with worsening level of cholesterol, bringing one close to the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
If you get poor sleep due to any medical condition, consider meeting a doctor who can prescribe medicines to treat your sickness and regularize your sleep pattern.
Sleeping less can invite obesity
This is predominantly evident among children and adolescents who tend to put on weight by not sleeping enough. Studies have unclogged the connection between short sleep durations and extra body weight. Lack of sleep affects a portion of the brain that is known to control appetite and utilization of energy. Being awake make you eat frequently and adopt unhealthy eating habits. Not only this, lack of sleep also makes you sluggish and physically inactive contributing to further weight gain.
Sleep can prevent tumors
Well, there are a number of risk factors for tumor development and somehow sleep can also be one of them on a subtle level. While we sleep at night, in the dark, our body produces melatonin, a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. Lack of melatonin due to light exposure can give space to tumor cells to develop while its presence can suppress their growth. So, give your body enough sleep in a dark bedroom to let your body have the melatonin it needs.
Sleep maintains a steadier blood sugar level
Deep sleep allows enough time to our body to respond to the needs of body cells and utilize the blood sugar appropriately. This causes a healthy drop in the blood sugar level aiding in the management of type 2 diabetes. When we don’t give that break to our body, it does not get the time to reset and remains in high alert all the time limiting the extraction of blood sugars by the cells. Studies have also revealed that analysis of the sleep duration and the quality of sleep are now being used as a predictor of hemoglobin A1c levels which is an important marker of blood sugar control.
Sleep keeps you alert and productive
A good night’s sleep gives your body time to recharge and retune itself for the next day. It works on various aspects of your brain functions like cognition, concentration, alertness, productivity and performance. When you are deprived of sleep, all these aspects are negatively impacted affecting your work quality and personal life. On the other hand, if you sleep well, your patience, problem-solving skill, and memory improves remarkably.
Adequate sleep improves your immunity
Cytokines is a type of protein that is produced and released by our body during sleep. It targets infection and inflammation in our body and also designs the way our body responds to antigens. Lack of sleep reduces the production of these Cytokines and hampers the immune system of our body bringing us close to seasonal illnesses and others.
Poor sleep can make you depressed
Poor sleep quality due to insomnia or sleep apnea, over a period of time, can make you feel depressed. It can also agitate your emotions and affect your social conduct making you feel more irritated and aggressive. If you find difficult falling asleep, consider meeting a sleep specialist and get yourself treated.
Sleep gives repair time to body
We consider sleep as a time to relax. However, on the cellular level, it is the time to heal and repair. During sleep, the cells produce more protein and helps in the repair of damaged cells due to any injury, ultraviolet exposure, or stress. This is the reason why doctors advise to sleep more when someone is sick, hurt or mentally not well.
Sleeping is the most wonderful and magical time for our body and we must ensure to provide that time. If you are not able to sleep enough during the nighttime, make sure to take a nap in the afternoon. Even a 20 minutes power nap after your lunch or breakfast can refresh your brain to carry forward the day activities with full energy. Never depend on sleeping pills to induce sleep on your own. For any underlying medical condition that is causing sleep disturbance, get yourself examined by a doctor.