How important is sleep?

How important is sleep?
 
💡Q: Does it REALLY matter whether I get 7-8 hours of sleep every night?
 
A: The answer is …. YES!
 
⭐We’ve all heard the popular hustle-and-grind saying: “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”
 
But you’ll actually get MORE done – and do it better! – if you get enough sleep. PLUS, you’ll feel better doing it.
 
Here’s a quick rundown of WHY sleep is important:
 
  • Your brain forms new pathways to help your memory while you sleep.
  • Being rested helps you control your emotions and behavior.
  • It improves your recovery from workouts.
  • It keeps your hormones balanced (including those that control stress, blood sugar control, and food cravings). 
  • Plus, it triggers the release of growth hormone, which helps your body build muscle and repair cells.
  • Getting too little sleep (in the long term) is linked with a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and kidney disease.
  • Getting too little sleep increases the risk of obesity.
  • Your immune system performs better when you are rested.
  • Getting enough quality sleep helps you be more productive and efficient during the day. 
As you can see, your body isn’t asleep on the job when you’re sleeping – it’s actually working hard to keep you healthy, strong, and productive!
 
How many hours of sleep did YOU get last night? Drop a comment! 

Yours in health,
Colleen

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