Five reasons to hit the snooze button
A good night’s sleep is not just important for children. I’m sure you’ve heard at some point in your adult life that we need 7-9 hours a night. There are so many reasons we don’t get enough sleep, but the bottom line is, if you’re sleep deprived, your brain is exhausted and cannot function properly. Aside from being cranky, tired, and not able to concentrate, your physical health is at real risk - from weight gain to weakened immunity.
Your body needs sleep as much as it does food and water.
Here are six reasons why hitting the snooze button (or just going to bed earlier) is necessary.
1. Better Health
Study after study has found that a good night’s sleep is related to better health. Insufficient sleep has been found to lead to health problems such as heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes, and obesity.
2. Better Mood
It’s not surprising that a lack of sleep affects your mood. When you’re exhausted, you're more likely to be cranky, snap back at your boss, or burst into tears. Sounds too familiar...this is one of the biggest reasons for improving my sleep quality!
3. Clearer Thinking
Sleep affects your thinking - it impairs your cognition, attention, memory, and decision-making. Ever leave your keys somewhere odd such as the fridge? Sleep can help with this!
4. Better Memory
If you’re feeling forgetful, sleep loss could be to blame. Sleep has a role in the consolidation of memory, which is essential for learning new information.
5. Stronger Immunity
The first thing everyone tells you when you’re starting to feel sick is get some rest. I’ll never understand why we wait to get sick before we consider the needs of our body. Several studies have found that insufficient sleep is linked to weakened immune systems.
It’s time to make sleep a priority! Turn your phone off an hour early, shut off the lights, and see the difference one hour makes. If the reason you are not getting enough sleep is because of sleep problems (which about 60% of adults in the U.S. suffer from), it might help to look into a treatment other than sleeping pills.
Also, research has shown that vitamins may help achieve good sleep.
Olly vitamins are my favorite - these natural sleep gummies with melatonin are designed to mellow your mind, relax your body, and calm your senses for a better night's sleep.