Do You Need More Sleep??

Daylight Savings is an opportunity to get an extra hour of sleep during the Fall Season. Are you getting enough sleep the other 364 days of the year?

Sleep is a vital process that our bodies must go through in order to function. Our culture and work habits ask us to deprive ourselves of sleep in order to do more. The general population ignores the need for sleep when something more appealing comes along. The modern day worker will put in the extra hours and forgo precious sleep time to make some overtime pay or finish up an important project.

These types of sleep depriving decisions are not terrible if they occur occasionally, but repeated bouts of sleep deprivation can have a negative effect on one’s health. Weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, mood disorders, and decreased immune system performance are several of the detrimental effects of an insufficient amount of sleep. There is also a risk of driving accidents and impaired job performance.

There is research to suggest that sleep not only provides rest and relaxation, but more meaningful health benefits. Blood pressure drops, muscles relax, blood flow is increased in the muscles, and the body repairs tissue damage. The deep REM sleep occurs approximately every 90 minutes, so if you sleep longer you get better, deeper, and more restorative sleep.

Hopefully you were able to capitalize on the extra hour from the time change. Make it a priority to add more sleep in your schedule. It may surprise you to see how much better you will feel.

Click the following for more details on the negative effects of sleep deprivation and the health benefits of more REM sleep:   The Science of Sleep

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