Maintaining healthy eyes requires vitamin A. A cell’s ability to function depends on receiving an adequate amount of various B vitamins. Many people enjoy drinking orange juice because it contains vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps to shield cells from damage caused by free radicals. When we’re feeling run down, we look for a miracle pill or instant relief. People often come to me as a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach, seeking my advice on how to improve their health and performance in everyday life. Any good fitness and nutrition coach will ask questions before giving advice. Are you getting enough sleep? That’s the first thing I’d want to know. Yes, Zs. Can you tell me if you’re getting enough rest?
Health and Human Services states that “most adults need seven to eight hours of good quality sleep on a regular schedule each night.” You’ll want to take note that it wasn’t all about the clock in and clock out times. Good sleep is essential if you want to feel refreshed upon waking.
Many efforts have been made by scientists to learn all they can about the positive effects of sleep. Through research on humans and other animals, scientists have found that sleep is essential for immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other fundamental processes.
A lack of sleep can have serious consequences, including impaired judgement, mood, learning, and memory, as well as an increased risk of serious accidents and injury. Chronic sleep loss has been linked to an increased risk of developing numerous diseases and conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and even death. (2008, “Why Sleep Matters,” Healthy Sleep, Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine)
How about we dissect that a little?
Get plenty of shut-eye, and your body’s defences will be better able to ward off illness. This also includes the development of antibodies in your body after receiving a vaccine. Some people fear the potential consequences of getting a poke in the arm. Take charge of what you can and make sure you get plenty of rest before and after you shoot.
And finally, there’s metabolism. Weight, body composition, and enhanced performance are all concepts associated with this word. For those who don’t know, please explain metabolism. The chemical reactions taking place inside your body are what keep you healthy. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body will produce more of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates your appetite and makes you more likely to make poor food choices when you’re hungry but too tired to make better ones. It also has the additional effect of lowering levels of the satiety hormone leptin. A double whammy, what a pain! The next step is to go to the gym and work off some of the calories you ate while drinking. When your stamina is low, your coordination is off, and your reaction time is slow, inefficiency is inevitable. Not getting enough sleep also hindered your muscle recovery from other activities, as this process normally takes place while you snooze. Now you’re in the middle of your workout, and your muscles are already feeling the strain. Take precautions; the risks of harming yourself are increasing.
If you’re tired and reading this, put it aside for later; your brain won’t be able to retain much of what you read. Memories, including new information, are processed and stored in the brain while we sleep. In order to accomplish this, it requires sufficient time.
The heart also rests and recharges during sleep, while the brain processes the day’s events. Your blood pressure drops while you sleep, allowing your blood vessels to unwind. If you don’t get enough shut-eye, your body may respond to the stress by producing more of the hormone cortisol, which tells your heart to pump faster. Simply put, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard while you’re sleeping, and a well-rested body operates more smoothly when you’re awake.
I know that if I don’t get enough sleep, I’ll be cranky the next day. A bad mood is something you experience, too. I’d suggest sleeping on it if you insist on arguing with me. But in all seriousness, mood disorders have been linked to prolonged sleep deprivation.
Having trouble sleeping and feeling depressed go hand in hand. People who have trouble sleeping, for instance, may be ten times more likely to become depressed than those who regularly get enough sleep. Seventy-five percent of depressed people also report difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep. Health, Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2021; “Depression and Sleep: Understanding the Connection”
Restful sleep and good health are my parting wishes, and I leave you with this: “Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” Says Thomas Dekker.