Oh wait .. don’t go fallin’ asleep on me yet! We’ve got lotss and lots of bedtime tips to get through before you’re even allowed to think of sinking that pretty head of yours into your soft, fluffy oh-so-inviting pillow … 😉
Sleep is SO important to our existence. (Duh, I know y’already know.) It’s vital ~ essential, to keep our bodies alive ~ and yet, so many of us aren’t getting the quality sleep we need to thrive and then shrugging it off as though it’s not really that big a deal, as though we’ll be able to slide through ok without it. But that’s just it. It’s that sliding through part that may be true, and that’s the issue. We have the tendency to “just get by” in so many areas of our lives; in this fast-paced, non-stop, ever-stimulating, go-go-go world of ours, we sort of get caught up in the whirlwind and never have a chance to slow down, take in the scenery, enjoy the journey, “smell the roses” .. or REST!
Do you know what happens to the human body when it’s deprived of those precious ZZZs? Cortisol (the “stress hormone”) increases, blood pressure rises, our heart has to work harder, inflammation shoots up, our immune defenses sharply drop .. and that doesn’t even begin to touch the mental effects, say .. not being able to think clearly or retain new information (not so good if you’re a student, as we discussed in our last post, eh?? Though, really, not so good for anyone .. We all need to think at least a lil bit 😉 ), or being in a less than happy/flattering mood .. Not getting enough sleep also increases levels of ghrelin, the “hunger hormone,” and can cause more wrinkles and just, in general, faster aging. Think of a machine that never gets a break. Our bodies are surely much more intelligent and capable of self-repair than machinery is .. yet, there are only so many repeated insults from which we can recover.
So are you convinced yet?? To get more/deeper/better quality sleep, I mean? Sold on the fact that you’ll perhaps have to put some extra effort in to create a bedtime ritual or sleep-prep-practice(s) that might be somewhat challenging to get into the habit of first, but that I assure you will soon have you glad you started ‘em? I hope so! Continue reading