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The Importance of Sleep

May 17, 2013

It’s not always easy to get a good night’s sleep and whilst we often hear a lot about it’s importance and impact on our emotional and physical wellbeing, few of us get enough sleep nowadays, to operate at our optimum.

For many of us, it can be difficult to have a completely restful full night’s sleep as it is, without having a baby on the scene.  There’s always things whirling around our mind; as with such stressful and over stimulated lifestyles we have a tendency to cram as much into the day as possible… and burn the candle at both ends, meaning we are constantly switched on and find it very hard to switch off.

There are, of course, plenty of things we can do to ensure we get more sleep, such as to sleep on a comfortable mattress, in a well ventilated dark room, with soft bed linen and supportive pillows.  You might even want to invest in a new bed, such as Wrought Iron or Cast Iron Beds with Free Delivery in Black or Ivory particularly if you’re in a place where you’re wanting to shift your energy and have a fresh start.

WHY IS SLEEP SO IMPORTANT

Sleep plays a vital role in us having good overall health and well-being; it not only affects us mentally but physically too.

Therefore, ensuring you get enough quality sleep, meaning deep sleep rather than light sleep, will help optimise not only your health, vitality, and energy levels.  It will also help improve your mood.

If you’ve ever suffered from a hangover, then you’ll know that in addition to the dehydration, the effects are often due to a lack of sleep.  Either, you were out late the night before, or as a result of being drunk, your body doesn’t allow itself to go into the deepest phases of sleep that are required for your body to rejuvenate.

If you think about it, a lot of times when we don’t get enough sleep we are pretty useless in the day ahead.

However, it’s not just about quantity, in many ways quality is even more important than quantity in terms of sleep.  

You might have heard of the concept of power naps, which are essentially short cycle sleeps of around twenty minutes that people have throughout the day in order to re-energise their mind and body; this amount of time is just enough to reach the necessary depth of relaxation to replenish both body and mind.

In summary, the importance of sleep is critical as the damage that can be caused by sleep deficiency is serious… it makes us less aware and more clumsy, moody and irritable, less focused and able to control our emotional responses to situations.  Then, there are the effects not getting enough rest has on your body, which over time, can lead to chronic illnesses.

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