In our fast paced world, a good night’s sleep is an often overlooked part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help maintain good physical health, mental health, quality of life and safety for yourself and others. A quality sleeping schedule is imperative to proper brain function. When you sleep, your brain forms new pathways to help you learn better and better retain memory. Studies show that healthy sleeping habits form the bedrock of improving memory, learning, and problem solving skills. These skills are immensely important in the ever-changing world we call home.
Sleep is important for your body, too. A good sleep schedule helps support healing, and is involved in repairing your heart and blood vessels. Sleep deficiency has been linked to a plethora of illness, including increased risk for heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and even stroke.
Maintaining a healthy sleep schedule is important in managing your weight, by helping to maintain a healthy balance of hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or fill (leptin). When this balance is interrupted due to lack of sleep, the imbalance can lead to feeling hungrier and eating more food.
While we have all been in a situation where going to bed later than usual feels like it is necessary, sacrificing sleep for your daily routine or work is actually anti-productive. Studies show that healthy sleep habits leads to an increased productivity at work or school, so pulling all-nighters to finish a project or to study for an exam is likely having an adverse effect!
The first step to maintaining a healthier lifestyle is to set up a healthy sleep schedule. That means eight hours of uninterrupted sleep! You will find your mood will improve, your energy levels will swell, and you might lose some of that extra weight brought on by all those summer barbeques.
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