Ever since we welcomed our second daughter, I kind of said goodbye to a good night sleep. I’m pretty sure many parents can relate. The truth is, we underestimate the power of a good night rest and we tend to say that it’s ok, we’ll make it through the day even if we’re not completely rested, but is that true?
Of course not! It’s a fact that not getting enough sleep can affect your mood, your health and your weight. Studies have shown that people who get the appropriate amount of sleep on a daily basis tend to live longer and have healthier lives. If I haven’t convinced you yet about the importance of a good night’s sleep, here are some of the benefits of sleep that you probably did not know.
A good sleep can improve your mood swings
If you don’t believe that, just ask my husband! If I don’t manage to get a good night sleep, nothing will make my day get better, not even that yummy cup of coffee that I like to have in the morning. I think you noticed it too if you don’t get a good night sleep, the next day you’re not functioning 100% and it’s very hard or even impossible to get back on track for the rest of the day.
Sleep improves your memory
I don’t know about you, but when I don’t get enough sleep, it’s very hard for me to think straight. Everything seems confusing and I just can’t seem to get around. One of the great benefits of sleep is that it allows our brain to process and acknowledge the new experiences, increasing our understanding and retention capacity.
Sleep can reduce stress
Either we want it or not, stress is a big part of our everyday life. That is why a good night’s sleep can help lower blood pressure and elevated levels of stress hormones. Sleep encourages a state of relaxation and helps your body fight the stress factors.
Sleep controls body weight issues
Another point that I can relate to. Sleep regulates the hormones that control the appetite and studies have shown that if you don’t get enough rest the normal hormone balances are interrupted and your appetite increases. Then your body will want to stock up on food high in calories.
I also have a few tips that might help you get a good night sleep:
- Keep your bedroom dark and cool. The lower the temperature, the better you will sleep.
- Try not to eat at least 2 hours before you go to bed.
- Establish a bedtime routine that you enjoy and the relaxes you.
- Invest in a good mattress. You have no idea how much that matters. I had to spend a month of sleepless nights before I bought a new mattress and it was hell, I’m telling you! There are always a lot of great mattress deals on Groupon, so you should check that out first before you discover that you paid full price for something that you could have bought cheaper.
A good sleep is critical to your health. In order to make each day a safe and productive one, you have to make sure you get enough rest.