You know the saying, “sleep is for the weak” or “I’ll sleep when I’m dead?” Well, today you will learn just how important sleep is for your overall health.
Here’s the thing… each person is different, while one may require 6 hours of sleep, another may need at least 8-10 to be able to function on a daily basis.
Whatever your number is, we need to make sure you are getting the highest quality of sleep possible.
Your body should cycle in-between REM and non-REM sleep, every 90 to 120 minutes during the hours of sleep. However, most people are only hitting REM sleep and not going into deep non-REM, which is the powerhouse of keeping your body healthy and well.
Sleep is the Holy Grail of your overall health.
Let’s look at all the areas of the body that poor sleep affects!
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Poor quality or lack of sleep contributes to slowed learning, slowed thinking and response time, lack of memory, highly emotional and irrational behavior.
Ever met a toddler who missed their nap? Imagine grown adults behaving this way… it happens!
I bet you’ve been guilty of this before LOL!! I know I have!!
The body detoxifies when we sleep, and the brain has its own detoxification system that is separate from the lymphatic system, which helps detoxify the body.
Lack of sleep does not allow enough time for the brain to detoxify, as the brain does this job duty during sleep hours.
When toxins build up in the body and brain without proper detoxification, they invite sickness and disease to set up camp without any signs of leaving.
By not properly detoxifying on a daily basis, this causes additional stress on the body, which weakens our immune system.
Those who do not sleep well on a consistent basis are met with many alarming health issues such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease, depression, hormonal imbalance… just to name a few.
Poor quality or lack of sleep creates an imbalance of hungry hormones, which results in food cravings.
You know what I am talking about, even one night of bad sleep will have you stalking your pantry or visiting your co-worker’s candy jar, all day long!
If you consistently have poor sleep night after night, then you get the picture of how this will affect your waistline. Forget trying to summon in willpower in this situation, hunger hormones will win.
Human Growth Hormone
Normal production of HGH is extremely important for adults, just as it is for kids.
HGH is released by the pituitary gland in the brain at two times: (1) during deep sleep and (2) during high-intensity exercise. If you are not going into a deep sleep, not exercising, or not pushing hard enough when you do exercise, your body is being deprived of this beneficial hormone.
HGH helps to keep your muscles and bones strong, helps to repair and strengthen tissue in the body, boosts metabolism, and helps to lose unwanted weight.
HGH also helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, increases your libido, and improves your brain function.
When we get quality sleep, this is where the magic happens! The body heals itself by strengthening our immune system, repairing and strengthening our muscles.
Whether you are a high-performance athlete or not, quality of sleep is important to keep your risk of injury low.
You don’t have to play a sport to injure yourself. You know, there’s a risk just stepping off a curb!
Bottom line… we all need to implement habits to help us get quality sleep each night. Our health depends on it!
As a Health Coach, I focus on more than just nutrition. While it is important to eat healthier, I like to focus on your overall health. I help you figure out the missing puzzle piece(s) and give you lifestyle ninja skills for long-lasting change!
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