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The Importance of Sleep - Guest Post | Primp Powder Pout

Get Strong, Sleep, Repeat: The Importance Of Sleeping


Sleep is one of the most important factors in terms of individual health. Without sleep, a number of imbalances occur. This is obvious when we see someone who did not get enough sleep. There are dark circles around the eyes, they cannot focus properly and they do not seem to have sufficient energy levels.
It must be said that scientists are still not fully aware what actually happens during sleep time and the nature of dreams and deep sleep. What is known is that sleep deficiency results in a number of symptoms and a failure to obtain a significant amount of REM sleep can lead to severe consequences.

Sleep and the Brain

Sleep is beneficial in a variety of ways. One of the main reasons that sleep is so vital is that it balances and replenishes the neurotransmitters in the brain. Towards the end of the day, these neurotransmitters become depleted and unbalanced. The brain needs rest too, especially if you have been thinking all day long, as people often do. It offers a reset, so you are fresh for the morning.
Sleep is the key to mental health. When you are sleeping, your brain is preparing for tomorrow and is also forming new neuronal pathways which help you to retain information more effectively. Studies have proven that a good night’s sleep improves learning and information retention.
Sleep deficiency can alter activity in some parts of the brain. People who are deficient in sleep are likely to have difficulty in making decisions, controlling their behavior and solving problems.

Sleep and Physical Health

Sleep plays a role in the healing and repair of the heart and blood vessels. Sleep deficiency is linked to heart disease, kidney disease and an increased chance of obesity. Sleep is important in maintaining a healthy hormonal balance. It regulates both ghrelin and leptin. These two hormones govern whether you feel full or hungry. When you do not get enough sleep, you will feel hungrier as the level of ghrelin increases.
Sleep also affects insulin levels, which controls blood sugar levels. A decrease in sleep is correlated with higher blood sugar levels, which has implications for heart health. Sleep is also responsible for growth, particularly in teenagers and children. It boosts muscle mass and plays a role in puberty and fertility. For body builders, sleep is the most important part of any regime. It is during sleep that the muscles repair and grow after the intense workout. The immune system needs appropriate levels of sleep in order to remain fully functional. If you are sleep-deficient, your immune system might not be robust enough to defend against many common illnesses.

The Disadvantages of Sleep Deficiency

It has been proven that people who get little sleep are less productive the following day, at both school and work. More mistakes are made, reaction times are slower and it takes longer to finish tasks. After a number of nights of sleep deficiency (less than 6 and a half hours per night) your productivity levels will suffer. After seven nights of this, it will be as if you have not slept at all. At this time, a sleep crash often happens, meaning that you will go into a deep sleep for a long time. Even so it will take a few days for your sleeping pattern to return to normal and your circadian rhythm to balance out.
Lack of proper sleep can lead to something known as microsleep. Your body and brain need sleep so badly that it will “steal” moments of microsleep while you are awake. This happens often with truck drivers. But even if you are not driving it will affect how you function. You may miss information during a conference or lecture. Your brain is simply not operating at full capacity.
Many are unaware of the risks and dangers posed by lack of sleep. And more think they can function properly with less than 6 hours. However, this is most likely untrue, and lack of sleep always leads to less productivity. Even if you think you can manage, you are not operating at 100% capacity while suffering from sleep deficiency.
Studies have actually shown that sleep deficiency harms truck driving capability as much as being drunk. This is despite the fact that many truck drivers believe that they can drive competently while sleep deprived.
Sleep deficiency results in over 100,000 deaths every year according to some estimates, as well as over 2000 deaths. Drivers are not the only ones suffering from sleep deficiency, as it affects all professions.
To sum up, sleep is important in so many ways. If you do not get enough sleep you will not be able to perform confidently. Sleep also plays a key role in muscle growth as well as emotional and mental wellbeing.
 
Post by: Evelyn Kail 



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