The Importance of Sleep
Posted on Feb 06, 2017 by Jenna Crookshanks
Do you or someone you know have trouble sleeping? Have you ever experienced trouble falling asleep due to mind racing, or waking during the night without being able to fall back asleep? Maybe you don’t value sleep and you only plan four to five hours of sleep per night? If any one of these sounds familiar, you could be a part of the forty percent of Americans that suffer from a lack of sleep.
The benefits of a good night’s sleep are endless. People who sleep well have better memory function, less cravings, less risk of accident or injury, and more. People who don’t sleep well have a greater risk of developing health conditions such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, to name a few.
To understand why sleep is so important, it is important to know what our body does during sleep. There are several different stages of sleeping, and each stage benefits our body differently. Sleep is good for the brain, as it is the time that the brain cleans out toxic build up that could cause problems down the line. Our brains also solidify memories while we sleep and help us let go of situations and thoughts via our dreams. Slowing of the blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing all give the body time to rest and repair tissue. The body also puts out human growth hormones while asleep to rebuild and repair, as well as produce appetite suppressing hormones.
Knowing all of these benefits of sleep bids the question, why do so many people have trouble sleeping? What we’ve experienced in our clinic is that sleep troubles can be caused by many different things for different people. Emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, being out of sync with the rhythms of the day, hormonal imbalances, poor diet, toxic overload, etc. can all be factors. Sleep issues are a symptom, a message from the body that something is out of balance.
At NutritionWorks Holistic Health, we look to see what your body says about why you may be having sleep problems. From there, we design a personalized program to give your body what it needs to restore optimal health, and ultimately, get you a good night’s sleep. Come to our Community Health Talk on Wednesday, February 22nd to learn more.