Sleep is essential for basic maintenance and repair of the neurological, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal and digestive systems.
We all know how good it feels when you have a good night’s sleep. We function at a high level, we think quicker, we are on top of our game and 9 times out of 10 we have a good day!
Between the hours of 10pm -2am your body physically repairs and between the hours of 2am-6am your body mentally repairs.
We’ve all been there, particularly if you’re a parent or proud owner of a new puppy that won’t stop crying.
How rubbish do you feel after little or no sleep?
Poor sleep affects us in many ways:
- Cognition- how hard is it to function on lack of sleep? We become forgetful and don’t feel as sharp, which affects our ability to think clearly. Things always seem a lot worse on little or no sleep.
- Immune function- Even a small amount of sleep can weaken the immune system. Have you ever burnt the candle at both ends, then ended up with every cold, flu and sore throat going?
- Can cause obesity- you all know when you’re tired, how tempting it is to reach for the nearest sugary snack to give you an energy boost. Lack of sleep also increases cortisol levels our stress hormone, which causes us to store weight around our middle.
- Mood – Ever been snappy or bad tempered after a poor night’s sleep or even felt low?
- Inflammation – Lack of sleep causes inflammation the root cause of all chronic illness and disease.