Updated: Oct 23, 2021
DR. Sheyi Ojofeitimi, DPT, OCS, CFMT, CIDN
Ahhh…the joy of a good night’s rest or nap.
If only we could all get quality rest regularly, then the world would truly be a better place. I know it sounds cliché, but it is true! Short-term sleep deprivation can affect judgment, mood, ability to learn and retain information, and may increase the risk of serious accidents and injury. Long term sleep deprivation has been linked to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality. This suggests that if we all slept well and enough we would be wiser, happier, healthier and have an overall better quality of life. Who doesn’t want that?
BTW: Another iON Suggested Read: How to Sleep Better: Mastering the Art of Feeling Less Tired ~ Slumbersecrets
You see, sleep isn’t exactly a time when your body and brain shuts off. While you rest, your brain stays busy, overseeing a wide variety of biological processes that keep your body running in top condition and preparing you for the day ahead. Sleeping gives your body the opportunity to “Reset”. Without enough hours of restorative sleep, you won’t be able to work, learn, create, or communicate at a level even close to your true potential. If you regularly skimp on sleep, you’re headed for a major mental and physical breakdown.
Melatonin, the “sleep hormone”, is a hormone produced in the body that induces sleepiness and maintains the inherent sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin is also an antioxidant that can enter the central nervous system help with immunity, stress and the aging process. It has many other functions that I will not get into in this blog, but you can do investigate further using the references below.
Knowing how important sleep is for the human body, what can you do to improve your sleep quality?