Today sleeping is no longer just for resting or limiting one’s level of fatigue. A good sleep is also an element that greatly improves your health. Sleep reduces the risk of diseases such as diabetes or heart disease.We will explain how sleep takes care of your health.
To live without sleeping is impossible!
Sleep is a vital function of the body; it plays a role of regulator and repairer. Several recent studies have shown it: Sleeping too much or not enough shortens the life span!
Sleeping will allow you at first to take care of your metabolism. This is explained by:
- The reconstitution of the energy reserves of the organism
- Maintaining body temperature
- The synthesis of certain hormones
- Regulation of metabolic functions (Glycaemia, appetite)
- The elimination of toxins
- Stimulation of immune defense systems
- Mood regulation
- Improved memorization and learning
- The increase in physical or intellectual performance
- Maintaining vigilance
- Sleeping well therefore preserves one’s health but also improves it. We can see the importance of sleep.
Note: That sleep influences biological but also psychological metabolism. Indeed, good sleep limits mood jumps, winter blues, improves your responsiveness and your intellectual performance.
THE RESULT OF A SLEEP DEFICIT
A good sleep is translated by a sufficient quantity but especially a sufficient quality. One does not go without the other! Some people use cell phones to send goodnight messages and it’s a really bad habit. It really affects your health.
- To optimize your sleep, you need to know that we need 8 hours of sleep a night. 36% of French sleep 6 hours or less during the week (compared to 11% at weekends).
- In 50 years, we lost 1h30 of sleep per night! Modern society is in sleep debt. To find out why we sleep less well and how to counter this phenomenon, you can read our article our society is in sleep debt that deals with this subject.
- Lack of sleep affects your health in the short term: decreased reaction time, difficulty concentrating, irritability, memory problems.
- And in the long term: loss of motivation, emotional fragility, risk of depression, more difficult learning, increased disease.
What happens to a person who regularly sleeps less than 5h per night (compared to more than 7h)?
- Risk of obesity x 2.5
- Diabetes risk x 2.5
- + 50% risk of heart disease
- Risk of increased hypertension
- By comparing:
- 18 hours of awakening equals a blood alcohol level of 0.5 g / l
- 24h of awakening equals a blood alcohol level of 1 g / l
The Right Things to Do
If you are suffering (or if you think you are suffering) from a bad sleep, consult your doctor and expose your symptoms.
Pay attention to the use of sleeping pills; they develop a sense of addiction and decrease the share of deep slow sleep. Sleeping pills act on memory (they make you forget nocturnal awakenings, so they are false friends) at the end of treatment you will find your sleep difficult.To get A good sleep, have a healthy lifestyle, maintain regular bedtime / sunrise hours, limit the use of screens at night (and all other stimulants), practice a sport, listen to your body, use a bed of quality.