The Importance of Sleep to your Overall Health

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I was thinking while I was laying awake in bed early this morning – how crazy it is that sleep impacts every facet of our lives.  How we react to things, our patience, our level of creativity, our level of thinking, and it filters down to things like  our ability to lose weight – all impacted by our sleep habits and patterns.

Isn’t that crazy?

I don’t know about you, but sleep is the one thing I wish I could do less of.  I consistently say, I wish I had more than 24 hours in a day.  Well we don’t, so where do we get more time?  We sleep less.

Not smart.

Let’s take a look at some benefits of getting more than 6 hours of sleep per night.

The Importance of Sleep

  • According to the Harvard Medical School sleep studies, sleep benefits Immune function, metabolism (the ability to process food properly and to lose weight), memory and learning.  Those homeschoolers need to get adequate sleep.  Check out how Dr. Stickgold discusses how sleep plays a role in memory.
  • Quality and longevity of life.  If you sleep better – you will live better!
  • Sleep curbs inflammation.  Inflammation is linked to heart attack, stroke, diabetes and arthritis.  People with sleep apnea or insomnia can have improvement in blood pressure  and inflammation with treatment of the sleep disorder.  Getting better sleep might improve your blood pressure!
  • Sleep helps spur the creative process.
  • Need to improve your athletic performance.  Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Sleep helps with attention and learning with children ages 10-16.  It’s the severe and recurring sleep deprivation that will impair learning.
  • If you are on a diet, those with adequate sleep lost more fat.
  • Lowers stress.
  • Avoids accidents on the highway.  Drowsy driving has been attributed to about 1/5 accidents (estimated 1,000,000 a year).  Definitely not healthy.
  • Better sex life.  It’s all about feeling better and having more energy!
  • Have you ever woken up with puffy eyes or bags under your eyes?  Sleep helps with beautiful hair and skin.

In April of last year (2013) the NIH put out a letter about the benefits of sleep.

We need our sleep to live our daily lives…to homeschool, to run the kids to and fro, for our personal lives, for patience, for our beauty and for our health.  It’s essential.  It’s essential for our kids and their health and learning as well.

These days, I get up early to exercise.  Most of the time between 5 – 5:30 AM.  At night, I drop everything – and go to bed.  Really.  I have tons of social media updates, and blog posts, and blog reading and whatever.  I drop it all and go to bed.  When I weigh everything, my health always wins out.

How many hours of sleep do you get at night?

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  1. I love that you posted about this! This is really informative and supports my recent decision to really prioritize my sleep. I get about 8 hrs, which is supposed to be enough, but I feel like I could use more especially on days when I’m more active.
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  2. I get 7 or 8 hours and I sometimes also take short naps.
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