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Importance of Sleeping

Importance of Sleeping

There are 100’s of variables that contribute to living a healthier lifestyle & FEELING good. Some examples of those variables are eating habits, alcohol moderations, exercising, less stress levels, etc. However the most important variable tends to be overlooked and under appreciated, SLEEP. Your sleeping schedule could be the most important of them all! Let me explain the importance of what a POOR sleeping schedule can cause.

  1. Attention/Focus:Lack of Sleep leads to lack of focus & grogginess during the day. A lack of sleep can result in ADHD-like symptoms, Dr. Rapoport says.
  2. Bad Eating Habits: Late nights lead to late night snacking on bad cravings. Late night eating leads to unnecessary calorie intakes! “those on a sleep-deprived diet experienced a 55 percent reduction in fat loss compared to their well-rested counterparts.”- Brad Bornstein
  3. Physical Health: Some studies revealed a variety of potentially harmful effects of sleep deprivation usually associated with increased stress, such as increased blood pressure, impaired control of blood glucose, and increased inflammation.
  4. Mental State: According to the DSM, some psychiatric disorders have fatigue as a major symptom. Included are: major depressive disorder
  5. Memory: Sleep Deprivation can curve the performance of memory & learning. This stems from the problem of another issue with is lack of attention/focus.

Advise to get a good night sleep:

  • Try to avoid naps over 1 hour during the day
  • Avoid late night caffeine.
  • Don’t smoke, especially near bedtime or if you awake in the night
  • Develop a regular bed time and go to bed at the same time each night
  • Create a good routine while getting ready for bed to repeat each night

Studies show that 7–8 hours of sleep is what we should average on a nightly basis. Start your day with a small victory by providing the right amount of hours of sleep per night.

Get Snoozing my friends…