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Why bother sleeping?

Sleep can be a sensitive subject. There are many emotions that are associated with our perception of how much sleep that we are get and what that means. Getting enough sleep, rest and recovery are essential for performance, whether you’re an athlete, an executive, or a student. You may notice that when you don’t have enough sleep, that you’re more irritable than usual. That not only affects you, but everyone around you. Irritability is one of the more noticeable side effects but other consequences of not get enough sleep include a decrease in, immune function, libido, and your ability to think clearly. It can cause an increase in, risk for illness, likelihood of developing a health condition, likelihood of weight gain, chance of being accident prone, and your skin can appear older.

These are a few things that your body is doing while you’re sleeping:

Recovery and repair for your brain, muscles

Hormone regulation

Decreases the stress hormone, cortisol which helps the sympathetic (flight or flight) nervous system to calm down

A lot of this information is probably familiar to you, but you can see why sleep is so important to help us stay healthy and why it is necessary when we are sick or injured.

Thankfully there are a number of resources to help us have a better sleep! If you have tried sleep resources and they haven’t helped, you might ask yourself, did you just do what you were told OR while you were doing what you were told were you mindfully trying to prepare you mind for sleep. If you are having trouble sleeping, it would be worth contacting SleepWell. I know a couple people that have used their services and they proclaim that it changed their life!

If you want to learn more, here are some great TEDTalks on sleep:

Matt Walker- Sleep is Your Super Power.

Russell Foster- Why Do We Sleep

Dan Gartenberg- The Brain Benefits of Deep Sleep and How to Get More of It

Ariana Huffington- How to Succeed Get More Sleep

Jeff Iliff- One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Jessa Gamble- Our Natural Sleep Cycle is Nothing Like What We Do Now

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