The Importance of Sleep
You probably know how great it feels after you get a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, many people fail to get the necessary hours of rest. This is often due to busy schedules, with the well-known phrase of “not enough hours in the day.” It could also be due to sleep disorders such as insomnia. Research has shown, however, that sleep is incredibly important to the well-being and overall health. Here are a few reasons why you should make it a priority to catch enough zzz’s.
Are you getting enough sleep?
First off, how much sleep is enough? It varies from one individual to another, but some signs that you might not be getting enough sleep are if you:
- Have difficulty making decisions or solving problems
- Make simple mistakes and take longer than normal to complete tasks
- Feel like you could doze off (or do) during daily activities such as watching television or sitting in traffic
- Have trouble controlling your emotions
- Have trouble learning or remembering things
In general, adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night for optimal functioning; children and teens need even more.
Benefits of sleep
Not getting enough sleep can interfere with your daily functioning. On the flip side, maintaining a good sleep schedule can help you enjoy many benefits to your health, both physical and mental.
Sleep and mental health
A good night’s sleep can enhance memory and problem-solving skills, help you stay motivated, alert, and engaged, and improve your mood (it might even help prevent feelings of depression).
Sleep and physical health
Getting enough sleep can help you maintain a healthy weight and help your immune system stay strong and functioning properly (to reduce your chances of getting sick). Your body repairs important cells and tissues while you sleep, so giving it enough time to do that helps you stay in good shape when you wake up.
If you have been dipping into your sleep time to get a little more work done or even to watch one more episode of your favorite show, you may want to reconsider how you’re investing that time. If you need help with your sleep or overall wellness, Sana Vida Wellness Center is available to assist you in San Antonio.