Although the importance of sleep is immense, it seems to have been largely ignored and forgotten with today’s hectic, frenzied lifestyle. How many times have you heard, “I don’t have time to sleep,” or said it yourself? Being busy and over-scheduled is even viewed by some as badge of honor. Everyone seems to want to prove how frantic and fast-paced their lives are – and how exhausted it makes them.
The phrases, “I’ll make up for my lost sleep tomorrow/over the weekend/on vacation…” or “It’s only sleep, this is more important…” are constantly on our lips and in our minds.
Yet, there’s a fundamental problem with this way of thinking. When we underestimate the importance of sleep we forget that sleep isn’t a luxury, it’s a biological necessity.
Sleep plays a huge part in the way our bodies function. So much so that the lack of adequate sleep can lead to unwanted weight gain , low immunity , imbalanced blood sugar levels , mood fluctuation and many more.
Hormones appear to be the link between sleep deprivation and weight gain. Loss of sleep increases your body’s production of the hormone Ghrelin, which stimulates hunger. Lack of sleep also decreases the levels of the hormone Leptin, which signals your brain when your body doesn’t require any more food.
Unfortunately this increase in appetite doesn’t lead to a craving for fruits and veggies. Rather, your body longs for foods high in calories, fats, and carbohydrates. So, if you’re trying to lose those stubborn few pounds that just keep hanging around, consider the benefits of sleep on weight control and make sure that getting enough sleep each day.
While sleep requirements vary by individual, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reports that most adults need seven to eight hours a night.
Instead of seeing our need for rest as a weakness, we need to learn to welcome sleep as an ally who wants to help us enjoy life to the fullest because better sleep does lead to a better life – physically, emotionally and spiritually.
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