[Infographic] Why you Need Sleep

By Naturally Savvy

If there's one thing in our lives we shouldn't sacrifice, it is a good night's sleep. Getting adequate sleep has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood and even boost your immune system. Physically it can also reduce your risk of suffering from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. So why is it, that in order to make room for the billions of things we need to do each day sleep is the one thing that most people have no problem compromising? Sleep deprivation is on the rise, and this willingness to simply "get by" on 4 or 5 hours of sleep ultimately stems from a place of either disbelief or a mere lack of knowledge about the importance of getting a good 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. While it is important to note that with the growing trend of shift work and night shifts, adequate rest may appear to be a luxury that few can actually afford, most people remain unaware of the serious debilitating effects that a lack of sleep can produce. It's easy to recognize the physical symptoms of a lack of sleep. You're physically tired and worn out. You're lethargic and need to rely on coffee and energy drinks to make it through your day. But recent studies have now stated that a lack of sleep can also hamper your mind and affect your cognitive abilities. - See more at: http://naturallysavvy.com/care/fighting-back-against-sleep-deprivation#sthash.YIcT00NY.dpuf
When we sleep, our brain uses that time to regenerate and repair itself. When we deprive ourselves of adequate rest, our brain struggles to play catch up as we continue on with our days. Think of it as continuously exercising your muscles with no rest periods. Eventually, your muscles become too exhausted and worn out to continue to perform. In essence, this is what happens when your brain doesn't get the rest it requires. It gets worn out too. - See more at: http://naturallysavvy.com/care/fighting-back-against-sleep-deprivation#sthash.YIcT00NY.dpuf
If there's one thing in our lives we shouldn't sacrifice, it's a good night's sleep. Getting adequate sleep has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood and memory, increase athletic performance and even boost your immune system. Physically it can also reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, as well as help you to maintain your ideal weight. So why is it, that in order to make room for the many things we need to do each day, sleep is the one thing that most people have no problem compromising? It is worth spending a few moments to review this infographic which illustrates the dramatic difference in how our brain and body functions when it is well-rested vs. sleep-deprived.

Read more here about the consequences of sleep deprivation, sleep cycles and how much sleep you really need.



Infographic provided by NOW Foods.



By Naturally Savvy| November 23, 2015
Categories:  Care

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