In a world where being busy is glorified, we have forgotten the important role a good night sleep plays in our health, mood and overall well-being.
We’re too busy with work, family, extra-curricular activities, social media, and sleeping has taken a back sit.
From personal experience, I can tell you sleeping really matters. I had to deal with lack of energy, acne, weight problems and digestive issues because of my poor sleeping habits.
The benefits of a good night sleep go beyond feeling rested and more alert.
Sleeping 7-8 hours every night helps you feel and look young.
Collagen production happens while you’re sleeping. This means that if you’re not enjoying a good night sleep you’ll start noticing an increase in wrinkles and fine lines. – And to that I say, “Hell to the naw naw naw!”
Your body pumps more blood to your skin while you sleep, so you can enjoy rosy cheeks and a glowing completion. If you don’t make your sleep a priority your skin will start to appear dull due to poor blood flow.
The skin also heals while you sleep. If you’re dealing with acne, it’s a must to make sleeping a must.
You’re skin isn’t the only one that suffers when good night sleep is a rare thing in your daily routine.
Too little sleep triggers cortisol production and makes you more prone to hang on to body fat.
No matter if you exercise and eat healthy, if you don’t sleep enough, maintaining or losing weight will become a challenging goal to achieve.
And check this out, Researchers found that people who are sleep-deprived experience 55% less fat-loss than those who are well-rested.
Sleep depravation makes it harder to make the right food choices. It also increases sugar and carb cravings, makes you snack more often and overeat.
And here’s why:
The hormones Leptin and Ghrelin get thrown out of whack when you don’t have a good night sleep.
Leptin is the hormone that regulates appetite. It pretty much tells your brain “Hey yo! You’re full. Stop eating.”
Gherlin does the complete opposite, this hormone activates your appetite and tells your body to store energy as body fat.
If you don’t sleep 7-9 hours, you’ll end up with too little leptin and too much Ghrelin. – Every time I say Ghrelin, I think of the Gremlins and their voracious appetite!
This change makes your brain tell you you need food when you actually aren’t hungry.
Enjoying a good night sleep also improves your memory and helps you handle stress better.
Now that you’re aware of the importance of sleep, in today’s Health Tip Thursday video I’m sharing three actionable and easy tips you can start applying now to enjoy a good night sleep more often.
After watching this video, tell me in the comments below:
Which of these tips are you willing to apply to improve your sleeping patters?
Do you have other tips you’d like to share to help us enjoy better sleep? I’m sure lots of readers can benefits, so please post your suggestions below.
Although the tips I share in this video are extremely simple, they’ll only work if you’re consistent.
If you stick to healthy habits long enough, you’ll begin to feel energized, healthier and truly enjoy every day so much more. Being healthy helps you be more present and on purpose.
And remember, there’s no need to complicate your health journey.
You don’t have to do things perfect. Start doing what you can with what you have because every small change matters.
I’m here for you if you have questions.
Thank you so much for being party of my world.
Sending you loving and healing vibes,