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The Importance of Sleep – Why It’s Essential
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Summary: Sleep plays into so many important areas of our health, and the whole concept of “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” does no one any good.

Recently I’ve developed the un-enjoyable sleep disorder called insomnia. While I’m trying to get to the bottom of why it’s happening, I wanted to share with you all just how important sleep is! I’m not talking about just staying out until 2am when you have work the next day kind of sleep, but consistently getting enough sleep every night over the course of longer periods of time. Sleep plays into so many important areas of our health, and the whole concept of “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” does no one any good.

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Mental Health

  1. When you’re sleeping, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, you mind is preparing for the next day be creating new pathways to help you learn and remember information.
  2. Getting more sleep can help you better solve problems and make important decisions.
  3. Sleep can not only help your brain create new pathways, but this often results in more creativity.
  4. Sleep causes you to be more emotionally stable, which helps with anyone dealing with depression or anxiety. Research shows that trying to make up for lost sleep on the weekend doesn’t help with these issues.

 

Physical Health

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  1. While you are sleeping your body is repairing itself, anywhere from muscle tissue repair to the repairing of blood vessels.
  2. Sleep deficiency can increase your risk of obesity. Also, a University of Chicago study found that dieters getting more sleep lost more fat, while dieters who were sleep deprived lost muscle mass instead.
  3. More sleep reduces stress and helps people keep their blood pressure under control.
  4. Research has also shown that people who get less sleep have higher inflammation levels, causing many different health issues.

 



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