BY: Neighbors’ Consejo|
In our fast-paced and interconnected world, where productivity and efficiency often take center stage, the importance of sleep tends to be overlooked. We are constantly bombarded with responsibilities, deadlines, and the allure of non-stop digital stimulation, leaving no time for rest. So, amidst this chaos, it is essential to recognize and embrace the significance of sleep for our overall wellbeing.
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, “sleep plays a vital role in good health and wellbeing throughout your life. The way you feel while you are awake depends in part on what happens while you are sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health  .”
Furthermore, “getting enough sleep is essential for maintaining optimal health and wellbeing, like exercise and a balanced diet, sleep may help prevent a range of health issues, including heart disease and depression  .” The Healthline  website gives us 10 reasons to get more sleep:
- May help you maintain or lose weight
- Can improve concentration and productivity
- Can maximize athletic performance
- May strengthen your heart
- Affects sugar metabolism and type 2 diabetes risk
- Poor sleep is linked to depression
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Poor sleep is linked to increased inflammation
- Affects emotions and social interactions
- Lack of sleep can be dangerous
How is mental health related to sleep? “Brain activity fluctuates during sleep, increasing and decreasing during different sleep stages that make up the sleep cycle. In NREM (non-rapid eyed movement) sleep, overall brain activity slows, but there are quick bursts of energy. In REM sleep brain activity picks up rapidly which is why this stage is associated with more intense dreaming  .”
In conclusion, the significance of sleep cannot be overstated. It is a cornerstone of our overall wellbeing, playing a crucial role in maintaining our physical, mental, and emotional health. Through the restoration and rejuvenation that occurs during sleep, our bodies and minds are able to heal, consolidate memories, regulate emotions, and optimize cognitive function.