The importance of sleep
We all know that getting enough sleep is a very good thing, but what goes on during sleep that is so beneficial? Today, we’ll jump right into it and name just a few of the benefits of a great night’s sleep:
Benefits of sleep:
- Sleep activates the release of human growth hormone (HGH), an essential player in cellular regeneration.
- Sleep can enhance your memory function and creative problem-solving skills the next day.
- A good night’s rest will help boost your athletic performance, including speed, agility and overall energy levels.
- Sleep will boost your immune system, leaving you less vulnerable to illness.
- Sleep can leave you more resilient to daily stress, something we can all benefit from.
- Sleep can help you see the positives in your daily interactions, making you a happier person.
- Last but not least, you oxidise the most fat during sleep. If you are looking to shed a little fat, make sleep a priority!
As you can see, there are numerous benefits to gain from getting into bed just a little bit sooner each night.
Focus on ¨why¨
I think it’s always important to remind ourselves WHY we are doing something. If you are struggling to get to bed sooner, remind yourself of some of the benefits that make sense to you. It is also good to think about the impact of getting more sleep is going to have on those you care about.
- Are you a more attentive mother?
- Are you a more compassionate father?
- Do you have a longer fuse?
- Are you more present?
- Do you enjoy life more, which in turn makes everyone around you happier?
Pick a couple of these benefits that really resonate with you and write them on a sticky note to place on your computer screen. That way, at night when you open up your laptop to do some mindless surfing, you will be reminded of what is truly important. Maybe this will help you unplug a little bit more at night and get into a healthier routine
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