In a busy lifestyle sleep is often one of the first things to suffer. “If only there was more time in a day.” However, what you may not know is that when sleep suffers everything suffers: your work, your life, your wellbeing, the list goes on. In fact, the list goes on just below.
Why is getting GOOD sleep important?
Not sleeping well can increase your weight. By staying up super late our bodies naturally crave more food which doesn’t allow the time that our body needs to rest and digest. Our bodies get a natural break through sleep to digest the food that we ate throughout the day. When we continue to eat late into the night and wake up early and continue to eat it doesn’t give it the time it needs.
Not sleeping well will decrease your efficiency and productivity. In my opinion this one is fairly obvious. When you are tired you lack focus and it takes you way longer to do tasks than it would if you were well rested.
Not sleeping well puts you at greater risk of heart disease and stroke.
Sleeping well can improve your memory. Our minds are actually very busy while we sleep and can even be practicing new analytical skills while we snooze.
Good sleep can help lower stress.
Sleep affects EVERYTHING! Are you having trouble with a class in school? What about with a big project at work? Are you having trouble getting rid of the weight? Now ask yourself - how is your sleep? I would bet that it is not great! Getting good sleep helps us succeed in all aspects of our lives. It is not something to take for granted!
SO, what is “good sleep?”
7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep
Falling asleep within 15-20 minutes of lying down to sleep
Wake up feeling refreshed!
I challenge you to prioritize your sleep this week. Work/school/etc will still be there tomorrow, and you will likely do a better job at it after you get a good night’s sleep anyway.