Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Science of Sleep: Understanding What Happens When You Sleep

To fully comprehend how important sleep is for regulating our metabolism and making a strong impact on our brain function, read the article here.
"Sleep is vital. When people don’t get enough sleep, their health risks rise. Symptoms of depression, seizures, high blood pressure and migraines worsen. Immunity is compromised, increasing the likelihood of illness and infection".
"Sleep also plays a role in metabolism: Even one night of missed sleep can create a prediabetic state in an otherwise healthy person. “There are many important connections between health and sleep,” says Wu. (Johns Hopkins sleep expert and neurologist Mark Wu, M.D., Ph.D.)

Additionally, think about the correlation between sleep and eating. Our bodies do indeed crave sleep, very similar to how we also crave food. We can eat pretty much eat anytime we are hungry (or not) although our bodies don't "force" us to eat when we are hungry. It is different with sleep. Our desire and need to sleep gets stronger throughout the day, until we absolutely need it. Even missing one night of sleep can prove to be detrimental to our health.

Lastly, as the article points out -- there is a strong connection with how well (or not) we sleep and our overall health. Sleep is only one very vital and important part of making the "wheel of health" run smoothly. 

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