You probably fall into one of two categories when it comes to sleep. You’re either the person who falls asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, or you’re the person who tries to solve the universe’s mysteries at 2 pm. If you’re the latter, it may be negatively affecting your health. Sleep is an important part of our overall health and wellness, and a lack thereof can affect the following:

Your internal clock

Our bodies are set to an internal clock called our circadian rhythm. This clock or rhythm works within a 24-hour cycle and determines when we need to sleep. When this rhythm is disrupted, you’ll have trouble falling asleep or getting quality sleep, and this will negatively affect your mental and physical health.

Your weight

When you aren’t getting enough, quality sleep you are more likely to gain weight or struggle to lose weight. Studies have shown that your sleep patterns can affect the hormone that controls hunger. Therefore, if you tossed and turned the previous night you may be more inclined to eat more calories.

Your brain

Quality sleep regulates your mood and helps you with brain functions like concentration and cognition. After a good night’s sleep, you will be more productive and effective at your daily tasks.

Your mental health

You’re most likely to get up on the wrong side of the bed when you’re sleep deprived. But it goes deeper than that. A lack of sleep may contribute to depression. Studies have shown a link between inadequate sleep and depression.

Your immune system

Adequate sleep helps to strengthen your immune system. When you’re asleep, it gives your body time to recover and regenerate. Research indicates that a lack of quality sleep can increase your chances of getting sick and affect how fast you recover.

How to ensure that you sleep like a log

The quality of your sleep depends on your overall wellness and as with everything in life, requires balance.

  • Make sure you eat a healthy, nutritional diet and leave the big meals for earlier in the day.
  • Avoid stimulants like caffeine or alcohol before bedtime.
  • Reserve your bedroom for sleeping – don’t watch tv or use your devices.
  • Make sure your room is dark and that there are no noises that can disturb your sleep.
  • Get moving and get some exercise during the day.
  • Try some mindfulness meditation to destress.

So, make sure you get your beauty sleep – your body will thank you for it.

Sources:
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325353#sleep-recommendations
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/sleep-deprivation-and-deficiency
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia/expert-answers/lack-of-sleep/faq-20057757
https://www.health.harvard.edu/sleep/8-secrets-to-a-good-nights-sleep

You may also want to read this post on giving your immune system a power boost.