Is Sleeping Really That Important?
Sleep is super important to our overall health and wellbeing and lack of sleep can affect us in many ways, including our fitness and weight loss. Here, sleep and insomnia specialist Kathryn Pinkham explains why a good night’s sleep is so important.
The Key Benefits To Sleeping
- More alertness and energy. Waking up properly rested will greatly increase energy levels, alertness and ability to concentrate.
- Less stress.A well rested body generally produces less of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline so we are able to handle difficult situations more effectively.
- Weight loss and restGetting a good night’s sleep can balance out the hormone fluctuations that provoke appetite. In fact, having proper rest is one of the best things we can do for losing weight. By ditching late-night TV, also has the added benefit of dodging one of those diet destroying late-night junk food binges as well.
- Sleep improves happiness
Sleeping allows our brain time to re balance the chemicals and hormones that affect our mental clarity, mood and emotions, which are so important for being calm, relaxed and happy. With lack of sleep so strongly associated with depression and mental illness, it’s not hard to see how getting an early night and some deep sleep can lead to a better day tomorrow.
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