The crucial role of sleep health

When it comes to addressing overall health, there are many facets that play their parts in how the overall machine functions and thrives. Some of these facets are rightfully given the attention to detail they deserve, while others are unfortunately not given even half of the attention that they require. Overall, we are getting much better at addressing all elements of health, but there is still a way to go for some of them. For instance, sleep and the important role one’s sleeping behaviours and patterns play in an individual’s overall health is far more important than too many people realise or are willing to pay adequate attention to.

Sleep health is no joke. However, the reality is that all too often people take their sleeping pattern for granted. Modern individuals are busier than ever, and this has resulted in people sacrificing sleep to try to stay up to date with everything they are looking to get done every day. Sleep is the nourishment that our bodies quite literally need to function, and the simple fact is that people must start prioritising it as they need to. There are many reasons to prioritise your sleep. Here are three of the most important reasons of all.

Brain health

The brain is the organ that benefits, and even requires, the most from sleep. When you go to sleep at night, your brain gets the much-needed chance to rejuvenate and replenish. Sleep helps to solidify your memory, especially in the long-term – in fact, it is one of the central functions of sleep. The brain does this through strengthening neural connections and pruning back the ones that are not necessarily wanted. Toxins are cleared during sleep as well, some of which are associated with diseases like Alzheimer’s or dementia. When you get enough sleep, your brain operates at its healthiest. If you do not, your brain struggles to thrive.

Cognitive function

When you are running low on sleep, you inevitably do not function at your best. This goes for your cognitive function as well. Sleep plays a pivotal role in how your body adjusts and operates in everyday life. When you get the right amount of sleep for your body, your cognitive functions thrive at their best, meaning that you get through everyday tasks and activities at your best. If you lack the sleep that your body requires to nourish cognitive function, then those functions tend to suffer as a result.

Physical health maintenance

Of course, it must be acknowledged that sometimes, no matter what you do right, you are dealt a hand of cards that are less than desirable. But overall, sleep plays an important role in your physical health maintenance as well as your mental health. In fact, lack of sleep or irregularities in your sleeping pattern have been linked to multiple physical health ailments, including (but not limited to) diabetes and heart disease. So, at the end of the day, sacrificing your sleep – especially on an ongoing basis – does far more damage to your body than you perhaps even realise. Get the right amount of sleep, as often (if not always) as you can. Your health – in every sense – depends on it.

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