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Why Good Sleep is a Necessity

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Why Good Sleep is a Necessity

Why Good Sleep

is a Necessity



Getting a good night’s sleep is always included in the short list of things we must do if we want to maintain optimal health and feel good day to day.  If you don’t get the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, it can result in physical and mental problems.

Feeling tired or fatigued is an obvious consequence of not getting enough sleep. Over time chronic non-sleepers can develop other more serious health related issues like those listed below.

Memory Problems: When you are sleeping, your brain creates connections that help you to process new information and to remember. If you don’t get enough sleep, these connections dissipate, which has a negative effect on both short-term memory and long-term memory.

Trouble Concentrating and Thinking: Inadequate sleep impairs your problem-solving skills, creativity, and concentration. This impairment can be unsafe if it diminishes your capacity to drive, operate equipment, or participate in situations where paying attention is important!

Mood Changes: When you don’t get enough sleep, you may become quick-tempered and experience mood swings more frequently. Long-term sleep deprivation can result in depression and anxiety.

Weakened Immune System: If you don’t get enough rest and sleep, your immune system will weaken and can increase your chances of catching a cold or flu.

High Blood Pressure: According to the Mayo Clinic not getting enough sleep is a common contributor to developing high blood pressure.

“People who sleep five hours or less a night may be at higher risk of developing high blood pressure or worsening already high blood pressure. There's also an increased risk of high blood pressure for people who sleep only five or six hours a night.”


Weight Gain: According to sleep scientists insufficient sleep promotes hunger and increases our appetite for food. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can lead to an increase in levels of a hunger hormone called Ghrelin and a decrease in Leptin, a hormone that signals your brain when you are full.

Risk for Type 2 Diabetes: Chronic sleep problems can be a red flag for high blood sugar, which unchecked can lead to adult onset or Type 2 Diabetes. Frequent urination from high sugar is disruptive to sleep and not sleeping well can throw off your eating habits because you are tired and craving energy. Eating right and sleeping well go hand in hand.

Common reasons for not sleeping well include the following:

  • Stress from work
  • Overactive thinking
  • Distracting sleep environment (too much noise or light)
  • Too much sugar or caffeine
  • Irregular sleep habits
  • Lack of exercise
  • Travel and time zone changes
  • Uncomfortable bed or temperature

In learning about the importance of good sleep we are reminded that eating right and exercise contribute to better sleep. These three foundations of good health impact one another so that good habits in one area impact our capacity to achieve goals in other areas.

We see a lot written about the importance of exercise and weight management while the necessity of a good night’s sleep is often overlooked.

Make a commitment to healthful sleep not only by creating a comfortable and supportive sleep environmentbut by practicing good sleep habits so that you get the rest that you need and deserve”

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Make a commitment to healthful sleep not only by creating a comfortable and supportive sleep environmentbut by practicing good sleep habits so that you get the rest that you need and deserve”

- MCG -

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