When our schedules get busy, sleep is usually the first thing we ignore. We stay up later, wake up earlier, and try to fit sleep into our schedule instead of blocking out a solid, uninterrupted eight hours.
We would rather go through life in a fog than to miss a deadline or risk productivity.
Sleep is important for many reasons. Here are a few:
1. Sleep improves our memory.
Studies from Harvard University show that students who study in combination with the proper amount of sleep remember more about what they studied. If we lack clarity, it is impossible to focus our memory's attention.
2. Increases our metabolism.
When we don't get enough sleep, our bodies cannot burn fat. We are awake longer, so we eat more, and we aren't asleep long enough for our bodies to break down our food. Just like when we wake up feeling exhausted and in a daze, our fat cells feel the same way and are harder to burn. Shape.com gives a further breakdown of the relation between weight loss and sleep.
3. Improves our health.
Sleep boosts our immune systems. Asthma, heart disease, and diabetes can be triggered by a lack of sleep. When you sleep, your body produces antibodies that help fight against bacteria. You need to sleep to keep away potential infectious invaders.
4. Decreases stress.
Without sleep, we are irritable and moody. Lack of sleep negatively impacts our attitude and causes stress. Anxiety and stress both keep our body awake and restless. When we are intentional about getting the right amount of sleep, our stress and risk of depression will decrease.
A good night's sleep starts by creating the right environment. The graphic below will help us equip our bedroom to be conducive to the sleep that we need.
What tips do you want to start incorporating into YOUR bedtime routine?