Importance of sleep

We’ve been told since we were little how important sleep is but few people really listen. Sleep is imperative for your body in so many ways. As you sleep you body goes to work healing damaged cells, boosting your immune system, repairing your heart and cardio vascular system, and recovering from the days activities.

These are a few risks of lack of sleep:

•Weight gain

•Increased risk of heart disease •Increased risk of stroke

•Loss of concentration/focus

•Adverse affects on blood sugar •Depression

•Drop in immune function

•Increased inflammation

•Affects emotional state

Sleep is so important to your overall physical and mental health. For the average person 7-8 hours of sleep is a healthy amount of sleep each night. If you’re one who typically only sleeps 5-6 hours a night, try seeing if you can get to bed an hour earlier. That one hour of sleep will make a huge difference on your overall physical and mental health. You’ll actually feel less tired during the day and will have more physical energy. You’ll likely notice a difference in your emotional state as well.

I notice when I don’t get enough sleep my joints hurt, I’m tired all day and I’m moody. As the day goes on I get a little better but I’m never really myself. 7-8 hours a night is not always feasible when you have an infant but I try my best. I go to bed at 9 or 10 most nights in case he wakes up in the middle of the night or wakes up earlier than his normal 6:30am. I want to make sure my body is rested and ready for a full day of running around with him.

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