Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

So many people are busy living and enjoying life in the fast lane, they rarely budget time for sleeping. They make time for School, Work, the Gym, Clubbing, The Children; Vacay; and even the Church, but very few of those people, ever really budget time for sleeping. 

Its like sleep, is something that happens on its own accord, when all else is done, and requires no special attention and or allotment, and so, most people, without knowing this go through life being sleep-deprived, and so whilst they strife for wellness, with their Gym routine, their walking and taking care to eat properly by managing their diets, they invariably get sick and often go misdiagnosed because their MDs and or Trainers are not tuned into the importance of sleep, to maintain a healthy life and lifestyle. 

The irony is those who are busy chasing health, wealth, and the fountain of Eternal youth, with the well-budgeted and regimented lifestyle, designed to keep them in shape and, live longer, are short-circuiting their lifespan, by crowding their days and nights with activities, that simply crowd out the restorative and rejuvenating benefits and importance of sleep.

Whereas most people concentrate on their physical appearance and ignore their Mental Appearance (Stability). It has been documented in recent years, that a significant loss of sleep, can cause a person to age by at least 10 years. This means that a person, despite all the workout and body detailing,, instead of looking younger and better, will hasten the aging process, by neglecting to sleep properly. So when people refer to the need for their beauty Sleep,, whilst some make light of this assertion, it really is no laughing matter. 

In other studies, some scientists have concluded, that you actually learn and study better, if before you begin to study, you take a nap, as this will help you to retain, that which you have learnt, after sleeping as a well-rested mind/brain, is more susceptible, to not only absorbing, the new material but storing it for recall, when it is needed. 

And, when it comes to sleeping, it’s not just about snatching a quick 40-Winks, any which where either, as the Quality of sleep, is as vital, as  getting enough of it at the right times — is as essential to survival as food and water. 

Without sleep, you can’t form or maintain the pathways in your brain that let you learn and create new memories, and it’s harder to concentrate and respond quickly. As a result, you might end up undergoing a personality change and or disorder such as becoming cranky, irritable, and easily annoyed,, resulting in a less stable you. 

Sleep is important to a number of brain functions, including how nerve cells (neurons) communicate with each other. In fact, your brain and body stay remarkably active while you sleep. Recent findings suggest that sleep plays a housekeeping role that removes toxins in your brain that build up while you are awake.

Scientists are yet to determine the exact effect sleep deprivation has on a person, but its symptoms have been manifesting themselves in the sleep-deprived, with signs of lethargy, short-term memory loss; food cravings, and concentrated periods of energy. 

It has been established that everyone needs structured and comfortable dedicated sleep periods, the long-term biological effects, of sleep deprivation, are yet to be determined and or documented. But there’s no doubt that. Sleep deprivation affects almost every tissue and system in the body – from the brain, heart, and lungs to metabolism, immune function, mood, and disease resistance. Research shows that a chronic lack of sleep, or getting poor quality sleep, increases the risk of disorders including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity. It is also shown to affect male performance, as well as the female fertility cycle., according to some findings.

So, what is your Sleep Budget? 

Do you use up the suggested 8 hours of the 24 hour day, as is recommended, or are you always shortchanging yourself? If You are shortchanging yourself, then perhaps you should revisit your budgeted sleeping time, and reorder it. Instead of using the 8-hours in one session as some find it difficult to do, maybe you could break down your 8-hours into two sessions. And if two sessions are still not enough, then maybe you should consider including a nap, sometime between your budgeted hours, to make sure your body and brain get the maximum respite sleep provides, so you can enjoy the maximum benefits. 

After all, your goal is the improvement of your quality and quantity of life, and ignoring your sleep requirement, whilst boosting other facets of your life, maybe counterproductive, in the end. So, don’t forget, 40-Winks, will never be enough, if your desire is to live a long and healthy life!

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