Sleep. We all need it. Some of us are a little more serious than others about getting enough sleep, but we all know that we need good rest in order to function properly. The role that sleep has in maintaining optimal health is rather large but is often overlooked. It should be one of the first things we turn to when things start to get out of whack but is often one of the last areas we examine when it comes to our health. Getting enough sleep in our daily routine should be right up there with consuming enough water. Sleep plays an extremely important role in maintaining good health and the two are closely intermingled and should be implemented in a consistent manor.
It is recommended that the average person get between 8-10 hours of sleep per night. That being said, if you are extremely active and physically demanding on your body on a daily basis your sleep needs could be more. But a good place to start and aim for is getting a good 8 hours of restful sleep per night. This time frame has been shown to have the most benefit in maintaining good health. The reason why is quite simple. The body needs time to repair and reset itself. Giving it a good range of restful sleep will allow the body to repair itself and get you ready for the next day. Have you ever tried to be at the top of your game on only 3-4 hours of sleep from the previous night? You might be able to function with the help of some caffeine and sugar overload but what happens when that wears off? You crash and crash hard. The body is simply too tired to continue on and you end up feeling groggy, fatigued and out of it.
Mind clarity is also an area that gets drastically affected by too little sleep. When we try to operate on too little sleep all the time we start to forget things, feel fatigued, lightheaded and confused. It is a symptom of exhaustion and a sign that your body is getting ready to shut down in order to rest. Maintaining consistent sleeping patterns will help alleviate this from happening and keep your health on track.
If you are trying to lose weight getting enough sleep is extremely important. If you are not allowing your body the time it needs to rest and repair itself you are ultimately setting yourself up for failure. All the new demands and challenges you are putting on your body means that your body needs time to repair and build muscle and burn fat. The body needs good rest in order to do all of these things properly. A well balanced diet should consist of eating a healthy diet, getting in physical exercise everyday and getting enough sleep every night. If you can do those three things, you are well on your way to good health.
As much as we like to push ourselves and say that we can go on less sleep the truth is our bodies simply can't handle it for extensive periods of time. Making sleep a priority and trying to get in at least 8 hours a night will not only set the stage for good health but will also keep us running at the top of our game both mentally and physically. So, give yourself permission to rest up and get some good sleep. Your body will thank you and so will your mind.
Do you get enough sleep? Have any tips or tricks on how you maintain a good sleep schedule? Share them in the comments. Have any questions?? Please feel free to ask in the comments as well. I love hearing from you all and love hearing what you have to say!