World health day is coming and, at a moment in our collective lives where so much of our day-to-day has been set in turmoil by a health crisis, its significance has never been greater. For everyone who has been spending more time at home, having a regular and sufficient sleeping cycle is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Here is why:
Sleep helps with stress
Stress is caused, among other things, by hormones. Adrenaline, Cortisol, Norepinephrine. These are all naturally produced by our bodies, and they play an important role in keeping us alert and safe. However, if you force your body to produce them in excess, that can have dire consequences. A deep and restful sleep will help you keep those levels in check.
Sleep makes your body stronger
When you are sleeping, your body is producing extra protein molecules as it rests. This makes every part of your body stronger and more resistant, from a cellular level all the way to your organs. This is why when you have a cold, or any kind of infection, getting lots of rest is fundamental. Proper sleep is a natural safeguard.
Sleeping improves your mood
Lack of sleep will make you more agitated. This is known by anyone who's ever tried cheerfully greeting work colleagues before 9 am. Grumpiness or lack of patience are both associated with not getting enough sleep. If your body and your mind are well-rested, it will always be much easier to stay calm, poised and reasonable.
Sleep can lower blood pressure and keep your heart healthy
Both high blood pressure and cardiac inflammation are associated with a constant state of tension. This tension builds up and accumulates over time, even if you try to make up for lost sleep on weekends. Sleeping enough and well on a regular basis promotes bodily and mental relaxation, which are states that will help with both conditions.
There are many other health benefits
We have indicated ways in which sleep will impact your health in direct, easily verifiable ways. However, studies indicate that having a regular and healthy sleeping schedule will help with essentially all aspects of a healthy life, from keeping your weight in check to warding to staying mentally healthy. Sleeping truly is one of the most important things you can do for your health.