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SLEEP: The natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored.
The time we spend sleeping is one of the most underestimated and undervalued aspects of our health and well-being. Every aspect of our mental, emotional and physical performance is directly affected by our quality of sleep. Even when we have health dilemmas arise, fixing our sleep is not typically one of the first things that comes to mind. This is the case, even though chronic sleep deprivation and insufficiencies can cause immune system failure, diabetes, cancer, obesity, depression, rapid aging, decreased libido, memory loss…and so many other issues. Studies have shown that just ONE night of sleep deprivation can cause a person to be as insulin resistant a person with type 2 diabetes.
Why is quality sleep necessary for proper body system function?
- Sleep magnifies the results that come from what you eat and how you move.
It is while asleep that the magic happens! All the work put in at the gym and in the kitchen, is manifested in the body while at rest. If you don’t get enough quality, reparative sleep, you fail to reap the full benefits of the hard work put in while awake.
When sleeping, the body is in an elevated anabolic state, which means it’s working on building and repairing tissue. When awake and active, the body is in a catabolic state, or breaking down of tissue.
- Sleep regulates most hormone production. Imbalances and inconsistency in your sleep can cause imbalances and inconsistency with your hormone levels and production, leading to malfunctions in the body. It is during sleep that most our human growth hormone (hch) is released, a key hormone for maintaining and repairing muscle tissue and decreasing body fat.
- Sleep is a main part of our circadian rhythm (meaning it occurs in a repeatable, 24-hour process and is determined by the environmental light-dark cycle). 15% of our DNA is controlled by circadian rhythm, including our body’s repair mechanisms. Our human genetics require a certain adherence to an environmental-biological rhythm, or process. Disruptions in this cycle, especially on a consistent basis, reduce our body’s ability to properly perform its intended functions.
- During each phase of sleep (deep, REM, non-REM) your brain emits different waves (Alpha, Beta, Delta and Theta). ALL of these are necessary for proper and healthy brain function.
Come back to this page for future articles and find out what impact quality sleep has on the body and its value toward reaching your health goals, how to achieve quality sleep and what 4 main factors might be holding you back!
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