Sleep, sleep, sleep. Where to even begin?
Sleep lays the foundation for everything that happens while we are awake. I know for a fact if you do not sleep well, it will catch up to you.
So here I will run down why sleep is important for everyone’s mental health. By the end of this post, I guarantee you will feel more confident that you will wake up each day feeling rested and ready to go!
What Happens While We Sleep?
Our bodies work even harder while we are sleeping than when we are awake. While we sleep, the human body is still working. Obviously, our brain tells our heart to pump blood, and we still breathe. But it gets a lot more complicated than that. Our body does amazing things while we sleep to recover from the day. Examples include: adjusting our metabolism, digesting our food, and keeping our circadian rhythm on track. Human beings are creatures of habit; especially when it comes to sleep. When I say circadian rhythm, I mean our body’s internal clock. We go to bed and wake up at certain times. Now, when that rhythm gets thrown off, negative effects can result.
Quality Of Sleep And Mental Health
I am sure you already know this, but the quality of sleep has a huge impact on mental health. The problem is there are so many reasons that someone can get a bad night’s sleep. How often do you hear “I got a great night’s sleep!” as compared to “I got a terrible night’s sleep!”? I find myself saying the latter more often. One reason someone might not sleep well is the most obvious: a sleep disorder. The most common sleep disorder: insomnia. Basically, meaning that you just can’t find sleepy land. And if you do, you can’t seem to stay there long. All jokes aside, it affects a lot of people, myself included. Then you wake up the next day and feel like your sleepwalking. If everything I just said about insomnia rings true, let me offer an escape to sleepy land. Six Steps To Sleep does the best job that I have seen at producing the best quality sleep consistently. I know six steps sound like a lot but I promise that those steps combined take only minutes. Too many people suffer from insomnia around the world. Life is hard enough when we are awake, isn’t it? Without a good night’s sleep, we are already waking up behind.
How Do I Know If I Have A Good Sleep Routine?
I could go on and on about sleep and its importance, but I feel like that would bore you. Everyone knows sleep is important. So I thought I’d ask a question that might not be as clear. I have a way of doing that. Anyway, the answer to this question is relative. The real answer is eight hours. The real answer is based on age and just how you tick. On average, younger kids need around ten hours and adults need about seven to nine. Part of a sleep routine is how you sleep. On your back? On your side? The quality of your mattress? All of which are very important. Believe it or not, how you actually sleep has a lot to do with your quality of sleep. If you are not comfortable while you are sleeping that can lead to snoring issues. Believe me when I tell you that while snoring does not sound like a big problem, it can become one. That is why I am including an extra link to an incredible solution called Snoring and Sleep Apnea no more. Even if you have no other sleeping issues, snoring can be debilitating to your body’s recovery during sleep.
The Bottom Line
Sleep is such a delicate and beautiful part of life. At the same time, it is so very important to get the right amount of it. With too little, your body will simply not function. With too much, you are missing out on parts of life. The real bottom line is that we spend years of our lives asleep so that while we are awake we can make the most of our lives. Sleep must be prioritized because without sleep we do not even get a chance to live our best lives. With that being said, I am going to bed!