Sleep is one of those time consuming things that I often take for granted. I think it’s the consequence of being a perpetually sleep deprived student. Recently, my husband and I purchased a brand new firm-but-soft-super-comfy mattress and I LOVE it! I find it hard to leave my bed, especially after our sheets are freshly laundered.
Mom, I’m sleeping here!
I know we always hear about how important sleep is but it’s true. Sleep impacts multiple body systems and can impact every area of your life. Here are six reasons not to skimp on sleep:
- Learning and memory: Sleep gives your brain the opportunity to commit new information to memory through memory consolidation. As a student, being chronically sleep deprived was probably the worst thing for me. The night before a big test, study, but also be sure to get enough ZZZs.
- Metabolism and weight: Sleep deprivation can affect the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates and it can influence hormone levels that play a role in appetite.
- Safety: Having a negative sleep balance can also affect your alertness during the day. This leads to injuries, medical errors, air traffic mishaps and road accidents.
- Mood: Sleep loss can make you irritable, moody, impatient and affect your ability to concentrate. Rather than skipping sleep to get things done, get rest and you’ll likely be more productive.
- Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to increased blood pressure, higher stress hormone levels and irregular heartbeat.
- Disease: Sleep deprivation impacts how well your immune system functions, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. When you’re battling any type of illness it’s super important to get adequate rest.
Sleep well, tonight and sweet dreams!
Source: Harvard Health Publications