When you sleep, your body works to restore and repair your physical and mental functions, as well as balancing hormones back to healthy levels. Here are three essential benefits of a good night’s sleep that can help you in many aspects of your life.
1. Enhances cognitive performance
After a good night’s sleep, hormone, and stress levels adjust, which allow you to focus and think more creatively. What you learn gets “cemented” while you sleep, increasing concentration and memory retention which enables you to break plateaus. Your mind creates new neural pathways that make you more adept at the task at hand.
2. Promotes recovery
While in deep sleep, your brain triggers the release of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), which encourages tissue repair and advances recovery from sore muscles, previous injuries or disability, to name a few. Sleeping is also the time for your immune system to ramp up and “clean” the body of toxic materials; T-cells go up, and inflammation goes down. Recovery is vital to optimal performance, whether in sports, work, around the house, or playing with friends and family.
3. Increases energy and supports fat loss
Sleeping balances your hormone levels, so you’re less likely to have cravings and more likely to eat for fuel (not sugar). Sleep also refreshes neurotransmitter levels and removes energy-draining metabolites, in turn increasing energy, central nervous system activity, and endurance capacity. The demand for calories is decreased, so your body can replenish and be ready to make it through the day with consistent stamina.
Tips for a Quality Night Sleep
-Limit phone, TV and computer screen time, and dim the lights 1hr before bed.
-Limit fluid intake 3hrs before bed to avoid bathroom interruptions.
-Be in bed no later than 10:30 pm.
-Keep the temperature in your bedroom relatively cool.
-Spend 10 minutes before bedtime, doing relaxing yoga, or stretching.
-Write down any obligations or ideas you have for the following day, then let it fade from your mind.
-Let your last thoughts dwell on positive emotion such as gratitude or successful imagery.
Sleeping Positions and Posture
The final and arguably most critical requirement for the kind of sleep that will help improve your life is a proper pillow setup that is individualized to your body. It is imperative that you are supported in proper spinal alignment to facilitate healing.
After all, what good is a chiropractic adjustment if your sleeping position allows your spine to slip back out of alignment? What good is a massage if your muscles can’t stay relaxed as you sleep, recreating the problems you paid so much to fix? And, how can you get comfortable and relaxed enough to drift off if you’re using an inadequate “ergo-pillow” made of synthetic foams and gels? Your pillow shouldn’t feel unnatural and designed without you -- the individual -- in mind.
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