I think about sleep a lot theses days. That can happen when you have children. It’s a favourite topic between mums, particularly new mums who are frantically trying to get their body to adjust to a lack of it. And one thing you certainly learn is to utilise the time that you do have to catch up on your zzzz’s – squeeze every last minute out of ‘snooze’ on your alarm clock until it forces you up, get to bed at a decent time etc.
If you are struggling with sleep (and it’s not a ‘child’ related issue) I have written a post with some tips about how to get a good night. I also mentioned briefly why it is important. You can read that post here.
Caffeine and energy drinks are all well and good at keeping us going throughout the day when we’ve had a heavy night. But they can’t make up for the benefits to our mind and body when we sleep.
I recently heard of Casper, the global sleep brand with an expertise in mattresses and they have created this handy infograph which has some pretty amazing facts about just how important it can be, particularly to our fitness. Reaction time can be reduced by 300% from a single all-nighter??! Wow, that shows just what an impact poor sleep can have on our lives. Under the infograph I’ve included 5 more reasons why you should be working on getting into a decent sleep pattern.
1)Boosts metabolism and helps with a healthy weight
Research has shown (and my own experience finds this to be true) that when we feel tired we are also more likely to feel hungry. Sleep affects certain hormones and these hormones just happen to be the hormones that drive our appetite.
Your body may be sleeping but your mind is not. It is believed that a process called ‘consolidation’ occurs whilst we are in the land of nod. It is basically our memories being strengthened. This means that while we snore our memories are being organised and when we wake from a good night’s sleep we will be able to remember and process information better.
3)Improved immune support
Whilst sleeping your body helps you to fight infections. Research has shown that people who have had a poor night are more likely to catch a cold when exposed to the cold virus than those who had slept well.
4)Helps with depression and anxiety
Sleep impacts depression and studies show that a lack of it can contribute to feelings of depression. Decent sleep aids our mental health and makes us more emotionally stable.
5)It’s good for your heart
Lack of sleep has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack. A decent sleep pattern is good for our blood pressure and cardiovascular system.
So has this post inspired you to put your nightcap on? Did you find the infograph interesting? Let me know your thoughts. And if, like me, you’d love a good night’s sleep but sometimes your children have other ideas then I feel your pain but just know that it won’t last forever! Thanks for reading