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The importance of sleep

Sleep is the most important yet delightful regime in our daily lives.

A few facts: An average person spends one-third of his/her day sleeping. It has 4-stages, the third one of which is the most significant for growth and rejuvenation of the body.

Significance of sleep

According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), sleep is essential for a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Besides its remarkable influence on our lives, 60% of the people do not get adequate hours of sleep which ultimately leads to higher risks of many health issues like:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Depression etc.

Also sleep deprivation leads to many accidents while driving, working in factories, etc.

Adequate hours for sleep

Although adequate duration for sleep is said to be 6-8 hours, it varies from person to person. Some fellows can work energetically after getting 5-6 hours of sleep whereas some people need 10 hours of sleep to function their mind and body. It depends on one’s circadian rhythm.

Health Benefits associated with adequate sleep

  • Energize your mornings – It will help you wake up naturally beaming with the utmost energy, feeling fresh and positive.
  • Weight management – You may not be aware of this, but the amount of sleep you get directly affects your dietary schedule. When you do not get adequate hours of sleep, your body tends to produce hunger hormones known as leptin and gherlin and ultimately you end up eating more than required for a healthy body. However, with an adequate amount of sleep, you become far more flexible to poor eating habits and allow you to manage or even lose your weight without excessive willpower.
  • Boost Immune system – A protein named cytokine which fights infection and inflammation is produced during sleep. Inadequate sleep results in fewer cytokines in your body making you more susceptible to infections. But with decent hours of sleep, your resistance towards foreign pathogens increases effectively and you become far less prone to chronic illnesses.
  • Clear Skin – Sound sleep always enhances the glow on your skin, maintains moisture, and slows down the aging process. It helps your skin to rejuvenate proficiently.
  • Sharp Focus – You stay clear-headed in chaotic circumstances and more focused on the key things.
  • Reliable Memory – It refreshes and reboots your mind and body, enhancing your brain’s capacity to retain and recall past events hence intensifies your memory power.
  • Elevated Productivity – Being steady and blessed with a sharp memory, your productivity increases on a whole different level. You feel a surge of energy that lasts throughout the day.
  • Less Impulsive – You tend to understand things sensibly and objectively allowing you to make more reasonable decisions.
  • Deep Empathy - Your ability to perceive subtle social cues and emotional rationality heightens, allowing you to connect with the people around you in a far better way.
  • Reduced Stress – A good sleep helps you break through your anxiety and relieve the stress. You become more resistant to any form of adversity making it effortless to handle the stress evidently.

As you can see there’s many benefits. When I work with my clients, one of the first thing I always ask them is ‘how is your sleep?’ “How many hours do you sleep?’ Because sleep is related to any fitness or nutrition goal you have. The better your sleep is the more energy you have. Sleep is an influential factor that affects the quality of training, given its implications on the recovery process. That’s why is so important especially when you train regularly.

Good sleep can really improve the quality of your life. Since I created my sleeping routine it really improved mine!

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Thanks for reading!

Monika @under5fit

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