Healthy Life Begins with Healthy Sleep
Waking up after a good night sleep feeling rested and having tons of energy is a fantastic feeling. You start the day in a good mood ready to accomplish everything that you need to do and may even start to make plans to hit the gym, visit friends, and make a healthy homemade meal. All of the good things that happen throughout the day seems to be on days when we feel our best. That’s no coincidence. The science behind feeling good can be greatly attributed to sleep.
While you are asleep your body is in a healing and restoring mode. A good 7-8 hours of sleep will give your body and mind the time it needs to power down and then power back in a big way. “Think of sleep as the tuneup you need to run smoothly,” says David M. Rapoport, MD. Rapoport is director of the Sleep Medicine Program at NYU Langone Medical Center. Here are some of the ways we restore during sleep.
Healthy Eating. Having the willpower to eat healthy throughout the day may be partly contributed to good sleep. According to a study by European Sleep Research Society, sleep loss is currently proposed to disturb endocrine regulation of energy homeostasis leading to weight gain and obesity. The Quebec Family Study and the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study both indicated that short sleep duration is not only associated with an increased body mass index (BMI) but also with reduced circulating levels of leptin known to suppress
appetite (Chaput et al., 2007), as well as with an elevated level of ghrelin that promotes hunger (Taheri et al., 2004). A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people ate an average of nearly 300 fewer calories per day when they were well-rested. So key takeaway, a good night sleep may help you reach for that extra calorie loaded snack less often then days when you have not slept well.
Brainpower. Your brain receives a lot of information throughout the day and as you sleep your brain organizes this information and helps store it for retrieval later on. “It decides what to store and what to toss,” Rapoport says. The important details become memories you can call upon later. “If you’re trying to learn something, go to bed,” Rapoport says. So big test, presentation, or meeting tomorrow? Plan ahead and get a good night sleep.
Good Mood. This is a given but long-term effects of disturbed sleep can contribute to a very negative outlook on life and negative experience compared to someone who sleeps soundly every night. When you are rested you feel better and perceive people and experiences better. Sleep deprivation has a big impact on mood. Studies suggest that when we’re sleep deprived, we form twice as many memories of negative events as opposed to positive ones. we become more pessimistic! If your lack of sleep is getting you down, give us a call and let us help you get back on track.
Healthy Body. Sleeping is one way that your body recovers from damage and protects itself against illness, says Michael Twery, PhD, director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research for the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Twery says. “Whenever researchers go in and disrupt that rhythm, the biology becomes less efficient. And that inefficiency basically leads to disease.” Sleep deprivation can send the body’s nervous system into overdrive, causing the release of greater amounts of the hormone adrenaline. “This tells the body’s tissues to be prepared to take immediate action,” Twery says. “It makes the heart work harder.”
If you are losing sleep and your quality of life is not what it should be due to snoring or sleep apnea, please give us a call and let us help you get back on track and take control of your life.