Health & Wellness

Make sure sleep is in your health plan

Getting enough sleep is even more critical to your health than following a strict diet or daily exercise routine. Quality sleep is the foundation for good health. Getting the right amount of sleep is vital for your body to rebuild tissues, replenish cells, and reclaim lost energy.

Being Productive & Following Directions
Sleep is as important as a healthy diet or exercise. Inadequate sleep can induce or make our feelings of anxiety and stress seem worse. We may not be able to think clearly or make sensible decisions, making it difficult to concentrate. We can become upset, angry, and irritable more easily. This can all have negative effects on our relationships with family, friends, and in our workplaces.

Staying Healthy
Inadequate sleep can also affect our physical health. When we do not get enough sleep or if our sleep is disrupted this can negatively impact our diet, physical activity levels, and even blood pressure levels. 

Importantly, sleep helps us fight off infection. When sleep is of poor quality it can impair our immune response. In addition, poor sleep might result in other chronic illnesses/diseases popping up.

  • Sleep is involved in the regulation of immune cells, which are cells that fight off infection.
  • People who are sleep deprived have an increased risk of contracting a virus when exposed to it.

Why Sleep Should Be a Priority
Sleep is a critical biological process, and the truth is that it’s always important.

  • Sleep empowers an effective immune system. Solid nightly rest strengthens our body’s defenses, and studies have even found that lack of sleep can make some vaccines less effective. 
  • Sleep heightens brain function. Our mind works better when we get good sleep, contributing to complex thinking, learning, memory, and decision-making.
  • Sleep enhances mood. Lack of sleep can make a person irritable, drag down their energy level, and cause or worsen feelings of depression.  
  • Sleep improves mental health. Besides depression, studies have found that a lack of sleep is linked with mental health conditions like anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Experts agree that getting consistent, high-quality sleep improves virtually all aspects of health, which is why it is worthy of our attention during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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