In a time when we are all hyper-aware of our health, it is even more important to understand the impact that sleep can have on our overall health and well-being. DREAM ON, TBC FAM!
Life can be so busy and hectic. When life becomes busy, we begin to drop or neglect other pieces of our lives to try and make everything fit. Sleep is often one of those pieces of the puzzle that we will toss to the side. What we sometimes neglect to realize is that we are harming ourselves and our busy schedules by getting fewer hours of sleep each night.
We know the feeling all too well: puffy faces, coffee in hand, and heavy eyes that begin to droop no matter how much we try to keep them open. It is also important to note that it is not simply the amount of hours of sleep we get each night or skip out on, but also the quality of sleep.
Why is sleep so important?
Sleep is the time when our brains and bodies are able to regenerate. Let’s take a trip downs science road for a second: it is the time where our heart and blood vessels repair themselves, protecting you from dangerous harm such as low blood pressure, stroke, and heart / kidney disease. Sleep also helps regulate insulin and the body’s reaction to insulin, lowering the risk for diabetes. The body also produces hormones during sleeping time, including hormones that help regulate hunger or lack of hunger — aka that a lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain and lowering metabolism.
Get your mind right
We live in a world where it’s almost a competition to see who can function on the least amount of sleep. What’s the award? We’re not sure. Sleep is not only important for the body, but it is also important for the brain and our mental health. Sleep impacts our response time, mood regulation, and efficiency processes. Have you ever noticed that when you’re extremely tired that it is more difficult for you to keep up at work or be quick on your feet to solve a problem? Have you ever lashed out at someone and realized that this blow up probably could have been avoided if you had taken the time to squeeze in a power nap?
We know that getting 7-9 hours of sleep (or wherever is the appropriate amount for you) may not be widely accepted or receive positive responses. But that’s okay, because we advise that you become a sleeping advocate for yourself whether that be to the people around you or most importantly, yourself. And that, is tip #1.
Tip #1: Be your sleep advocate.
Enough said. Goodnight, everybody!
Tip #2: Keep a sleep schedule.
Humans are creatures of habit. Keep a bedtime and wake up routine. If you end up out late on the weekends, try to wake up close the same time you normally would and then make sure to get to bed on time. This helps make sure the length and quality of sleep are at prime levels.
Tip #3: Make it a priority.
Just like all the other non-negotiables throughout your day, make sleep be one of them. Use it as a motivator or a scheduling tool for your other priorities!
Tip #4: Find what helps you unwind.
Although sleep is natural, this doesn’t mean we automatically just fall asleep. Find different ways that help you unwind, positively impact the quality of your sleep, and work repeatedly.