Daily Post 112 – Why is sleep important?

August 10, 2020

Dear Clients,

sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.

The damage from sleep deficiency can occur you over time. For example, it can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.

Healthy brain function and emotional well-being
Studies show that a good night’s sleep improves learning. Whether you’re learning  how to play the piano, how to perfect your golf swing, or how to drive a car, sleep helps enhance your learning and problem-solving skills. Sleep also helps you pay attention, make decisions, and be creative.

Studies also show that sleep deficiency alters activity in some parts of the brain. If you’re sleep deficient, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change. Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression and risk-taking behavior.

Physical health
Sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin). When you don’t get enough sleep, your level of ghrelin goes up and your level of leptin goes down. This makes you feel hungrier than when you’re well-rested.

Sleep also affects how your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that controls your blood glucose (sugar) level.

Daytime performance and safety
Getting enough quality sleep at the right times helps you function well throughout the day. People who are sleep deficient are less productive at work. They take longer to finish tasks, have a slower reaction time, and make more mistakes.

After several nights of losing sleep-even a loss of just 1-2 hours per night-your ability to function suffers as if you haven’t slept at all for a day or two.

To improve your sleep habits, this may help you:

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day;
  • Avoid heavy and/or large meals within a couple hours of bedtime;
  • Spend time outside every day (when possible) and be physically active;
  • Keep your bedroom quiet, cool, and dark (a dim night light is fine, if needed);
  • Take a hot bath or use relaxation techniques before bed.

If you have any questions, or requirements please reach our online gym manager daniel.zach@sparring.cz

Have a great day!