Tip 5 of 10: Sleep

By: Rebecca Gray

When you are well rested you make better food and lifestyle choices, plus you have more energy for the healthy habits you enjoy to do. When you are not well-rested your defenses are down and you are more likely to overeat or get sick. Sleep deprivation leads to hunger, grogginess, and moodiness, and can affect the brain too. Studies have shown that sleepy people need to exert a lot more brain effort to complete even simple tasks. People with sleep deprivation also have impaired working memory and attention. Lack of sleep causes your levels of cortisol, the hormone associated with stress, to rise.


A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your health. In fact, it’s just as important as eating healthy and exercising. Unfortunately, people are now sleeping less than they did in the past, and sleep quality has decreased as well. Make it a goal to get 7 -8 hours of sleep per night. 


7 Reasons to Make Sleep a Priority:

  1. Sleep improves your immune function.

    • Even a small loss of sleep has been shown to impair immune function 


2. Poor sleep is linked to increased inflammation. 

    • Sleep loss is known to activate undesirable markers of inflammation and cell  damage 


3. Poor sleep is strongly linked to weight gain. 


4. Good sleepers tend to eat fewer calories.

    • Sleep deprivation disrupts the daily fluctuations in appetite hormones and is  believed to cause poor appetite regulation 


5. Good sleep can improve concentration and productivity

    • This includes cognition, concentration, productivity and performance 


6. Sleep affects glucose metabolism and Type 2 Diabetes risk.

    • Poor sleep habits are also strongly linked to adverse effects on blood sugar in the general population. 


7. Poor sleep is linked to depression.

    • Mental health issues, such as depression, are strongly linked to poor sleep quality and sleeping disorders.

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