Sleep Matters Why sleep is such an important function of life

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A good nights rest

None of us really need scientists and doctors to tell us why sleep is so important to us, and why we should be making sure we get a good nights rest.

Today a growing number of people are ignoring that advice and going for as long they can, embracing a counter culture of surviving on as little sleep as possible.

There are also more sleep issues and disorders affecting us than ever before.

Why does sleep matter?

3 questions to ask yourself:

  • What stops me from getting enough sleep?
  • How does a lack of sleep affect me?
  • What are the consequences of a lack of sleep, How does it affect my family life and work life

Chances are if we stop to think about these 3 simple questions even for 10 minutes, the answers we write down would make us stop and seriously think about why sleep matters.

Some of the more common answers to the first questions may be, stress related, smartphones and blue light, too much stimulation before bed.

On the second question, it could be that it makes you grumpy, you might feel ill, it could be a reason for not being able to lose weight, despite doing everything else you need to as examples.

On the third question, that grumpy mood may cause strain with your family, it may mean you don’t have a lot of energy to play with your kids, on the work front it could mean your struggling and in the worst case it could also be affecting your safety.

Sleep deprivation and fatigue causes workplace and road accidents every day.

When you think about sleep in these simple terms its easy to see why it does really does matter.

What can we do about it?

The simple answer of course is that we need to get more sleep and make that a priority in our lives.

Most sleep experts tell us we need between 7 and 9 hours a night in order to keep our bodies and our brains in a healthy state.

If you struggle with that, some questions you can ask yourself are:

  • How do I pay attention to the sleep signals my brain and body are giving me ?
  • What choices do I make when it comes to sleep, how does that lack of sleep build up?

What can we do about it?

The simple answer of course is that we need to get more sleep and make that a priority in our lives.

Most sleep experts tell us we need between 7 and 9 hours a night in order to keep our bodies and our brains in a healthy state.

If you struggle with that, some questions you can ask yourself are:

  • How do I pay attention to the sleep signals my brain and body are giving me ?
  • What choices do I make when it comes to sleep, how does that lack of sleep build up?

What can we do about it?

The simple answer of course is that we need to get more sleep and make that a priority in our lives.

Most sleep experts tell us we need between 7 and 9 hours a night in order to keep our bodies and our brains in a healthy state.

If you struggle with that, some questions you can ask yourself are:

  • How do I pay attention to the sleep signals my brain and body are giving me ?
  • What choices do I make when it comes to sleep, how does that lack of sleep build up?

Do you fight through those sleep signals and watch another series on netflix on a midnight binge?

Do you just shrug off a lack of sleep and carry on believing you can catch up later?

If thats you, there are some simple things that can help you get the sleep that you need such as:

  • Listen to your body when you feel like your ready to sleep don’t fight that.
  • Consider a technology ban in the bedroom, blue light does stimulate the brain and is the number 1 cause of sleep issues today.
  • Get sleep when it works best for you, maybe you can top up your sleep with a 30 minute nap at lunch or after dinner for example.

However it works for you, just try to get those 7 to 9 hours a day, your body, your brain and your family will all thank you for it.

Nobody wins in the long term from sleep deprivation.

Final thoughts

There is growing evidence from the research into sleep by the scientific community that sleep is just as essential to us as what we eat and how we excercise for health and longevity.

There isa ahuge amount of research and literature out there on this subject and I would highly recommend reading some of leading light Matthew Walkers (No relation) work.

Just 7 hours of sleep per day have a huge effect on our health, our longevity and our our day to day lives.

It also has a massive effect on our decision making and cognitive abilities, which when it comes to our safety on the roads and in the workplace should not be underestimated.

Sleep it would appear really does matter.

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