Hop into Bed with Better Health
September 30, 2020
Healthy living – it’s a mind-boggling mix of activewear, green juice, super foods and zucchini noods… When is there time for a moment of zen?! Believe it or not, one of the most important factors in improving our health is the simplest but at times the most difficult to come by – sleep.
When the hours of the day race away from us, sleep is often the first to be sacrificed. A dawn gym session or a moonlit dinner date may cause us to make shifts in our sleep schedule – but the reality is that exercise, nutrition and sleep are all key players for our health and wellbeing. It’s important we get a healthy serving of all three.
Sleep is the human equivalent of hitting the reset button. It’s our way of letting our body processes take some time to restore and get ready for another day. Take our brain; there’s not one of its principle operations – from learning, memory, creativity, attention and emotional regulation – that aren’t enhanced by catching adequate Zzz’s.
Dive deeper into the role sleep plays in other areas of our health, and a lack thereof gets a lot more problematic. Obesity, heart attacks, high blood pressure and a decline in mental health all have strong ties to inadequate sleep.
If you’re looking for reasons to spend more time in bed, this is it – a good night’s sleep can work wonders for your health.
✔ Sleep can boost your immunity
If your immune system is taking knocks, a lack of sleep won’t help. While we sleep, our body produces and releases certain proteins that target infections and inflammation – ultimately fending off nasty bugs.
✔ Cravings? It could be for sleep
Struggling to shed those few extra kilos? While we can’t promise sleep will directly assist in those healthy weight efforts, studies have shown that sleep deprived people have increased levels of hunger stimulating hormones and less of those that suppress your appetite.
✔ Sleep helps your heart health
Sticking to a regular sleep pattern is good for your ticker too. Consistently good snoozes help our hearts by reducing cardiovascular inflammation. Studies have shown adequate sleep can positively improve your heart health.
✔ Rest your head and your thoughts
It doesn’t take much more than a restless night’s sleep to have you feeling moody the following day. Those who suffer from chronic sleep debt may find themselves feeling down, anxious and stressed – it’s a double-edged sword, as sometimes these feelings evoke sleepless nights. Sleep is an important part of mental health, so keep it in check, where possible.
Through the wellness minefield; three pillars have withstood the test of time; movement, nutrition and sleep. We’ll leave the first two to the experts; but if you’re wanting to talk sleep, you’ve come to the right place.
Reach out to one of our bed specialists today, they’re equipped with knowledge that’ll have you snoozing and your health improving in no time.