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3 Important Reasons Why Sleep Helps to Improve Holistic Health

3 Important Reasons Why Sleep Helps in Improving Holistic Health_sleeping woman

Getting in a couple of deep ‘zzzzz’s every night has so many benefits that you will be tempted to sleep an extra hour every time you hit the bed. Many underestimate the power of good sleep and fail to understand why getting proper rest isn’t just a good idea but also essential. Here are 3 reasons why sleep can improve holistic health.

Helps Achieve Better Mental Health

A number of mental health issues like depression, stress and anxiety are linked to poor sleep quality and other sleeping problems like insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea. Here are three ways good sleeping habits will improve your mental health.

Increases Memory

When you sleep, the brain turns the day’s events into long-term memory. This technique is known as consolidation and it helps in retaining memory over a long period of time. Everything you learn during the day will be retained properly only when you sleep well.

Improves Productivity

Sleep is essential for various aspects of brain functions like productivity, cognition, performance and concentration. Good sleep improves problem-solving skills and enhances performance in adults and children alike.

Reduces Stress

When the body doesn’t get enough sleep, it may react by producing an increased level of the stress hormones. Regular and deep sleep help in reducing stress significantly.

Promotes Better Physical Health

Poor sleep quality doesn’t just affect the mental health but also the physical health. Insufficient sleep can lead to serious health problems.

Lowers the Risk of Various Diseases

Those sleeping less than six hours per night are reportedly at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Regular sleep pattern helps in lowering the stress levels and inflammation to your cardiovascular system, which in turn can reduce the chances of a stroke or heart condition. Lastly, a good night’s sleep reduces the risk of developing colon and breast cancer.

Fewer Blood-Pressure Related Problems

High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, however, getting plenty of good quality sleep encourages a constant state of relaxation that can help reduce blood pressure and generally keep it under control.

Helps in Achieving Healthy Body Weight

Sleep helps in regulating the leptin hormone which is responsible for affecting your appetite. If you are tired and sleep-deprived, you will just be hungrier and crave high-fat and high-calorie foods specifically.

Acts as Natural Painkiller

Sleep acts as a natural painkiller — giving you a good reason to improve sleep quality.

Reduces Inflammation

Increased stress hormones that are caused by a lack of sleep will raise the inflammation level in your body. This would increase the risk for heart-related conditions, as well as cancer and diabetes. Sleep helps in reducing inflammation, which tends to increase as we age.

Better Relief for Chronic Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain, getting enough sleep may help you significantly. Numerous studies have shown a link between sleep loss and a lower pain threshold. Researchers say that getting good sleep can supplement medication for pain.

Faster Recovery

Sleep helps in the recovery process if you had any recent injury. While you sleep, the body heals the injured muscles and tissues faster and help you recover quicker as compared to the times you don’t get enough sleep.

Tips to Sleep Well

You have seen numerous benefits of sleeping properly, but how do ensure you sleep well? Here are tips for good sleep.

  • Stick to a sleep schedule where you sleep and wake up at the same time every day — including the weekends. This helps in regulating the body clock and ensuring that you fall asleep at the same time every day and stay asleep through the night.
  • Limit the consumption of alcohol and caffeine, especially after the afternoon, as they stimulate the nervous system which will prevent the body from relaxing at night.
  • Upgrade your bedding by incorporating copper bedsheets and pillows. They help in promoting the renewal of blood vessels and synthesis of elastin and collagen, thus boosting skin health. Moreover, copper-infused bedsheets are also anti-microbial and kill infection-causing bacteria on contact.
  • Practicing a relaxing bedtime ritual before hitting the bed like taking a warm shower, turning down the lights, minimizing external noise, light and artificial lights and limiting technology before bed will ensure your bedroom is a quiet and relaxing place. This will help in falling asleep quicker.

Having a clean bedroom and the right kind of environment before you get comfortable in bed will go a long way. Ensure you get enough sleep every night so that you can enjoy better health.

References:

Griffin, Morgan R. “9 Surprising Reasons to Get More Sleep”. WebMD, 27 December 2011.

Leech, Joe. “10 Reasons Why Good Sleep Is Important”. Healthline, 29 June 2018. 

Stibich, Mark. “10 Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep”. Verywellhealth, 25 February 2018.

“Healthy Sleep Tips”. National Sleep Foundation, n.d. 

Mawer, Rudy. “17 Proven Tips to Sleep Better at Night” Healthline, 10 June 2016.

Kunal Patel

Kunal is a young and passionate entrepreneur, fascinated by the workings of the human body and natural solutions for common health problems. He’s single-minded in his aim to make Copper Defence a brand that’s recognised across the globe, by partnering with global brands to make these high-tech materials easily accessible for everyone. If you’d like to get in touch, email Kunal at kunal@copperdefence.com or visit www.copperclothing.com for copper-infused clothing, pet accessories and more.
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