Do you know that awesome feeling when you get into bed, stay asleep all night, and wake up feeling refreshed? No? Why? Think about it. You may not be getting enough sleep at night, right? Hmm, I hope you know the consequences then! Many people do a lot of dieting and workout throughout the day or have a hectic schedule, and still don’t get enough sleep, which is detrimental for your health.
Keeping our eyes closed for a few hours in a row does not mean that we are sleeping. We have to follow a schedule and take our sleep cycles seriously. Many of us don’t know that the body heals itself during sleep. If you are one of those who believe that sleeping is just a waste of time, hold on! Keep calm and read this article.
We can find sufficient proof in scientific studies that ‘sleeping’ is a super active and positive process to keep us alive and healthy. Imagine you did a fantastic workout and then didn’t eat properly or rest properly. What will happen? You may faint in the office. Being human beings, we shouldn’t interrupt a habit that helps us to feel rested and refreshed the next day, without being cranky and frustrated.
Before we go further, let’s understand the sleep cycle so that you can know why a majority of the people suggest getting the full 8 hours of sleep.
You might be aware of the four stages of sleep for about 90 minutes each.
All of us have the same issue when it comes to sleep - TIME!!! We always try to convince our mind that we don’t have much time to be spent on rest. But is it true? In reality, we have lost count of how many times we didn’t get enough sleep, not due to work but because of some other stupid, silly, and unproductive reasons.
Amongst them, the most common one is - Mobile Phones. We stare at our phones and keep scrolling for hours, and then complain that we don’t have time to fulfill the basic necessity of sleep. If you are doing that - STOP! Sleeping well will make you feel sharper, stronger, and energized throughout the next day. It can also prevent the issue of backaches, headaches, and spasms as well as relaxes our twitched muscles and help us to lose more fat.
If you have a set routine like waking up, working out, going to the office, giving time to family, and managing your diet, then you have to get proper sleep at night. You can’t compromise your health just because you can’t find time for your entertainment. Cut out those extra hours and get proper sleep, especially when you are a gym freak.
Sleep can heal us inside out. What is better than having benefited from those unconscious hours of inactivity? We have spongy tissues inside the bones that contain stem cells. These cells are much needed to build the blood cells of our body. Healthy sleep is as important as the daily exercise to fulfill the basic necessity for healthy bone marrow.
It is even more helpful for brain health just like the skeletal system health. Our brain decides what to store and what to discard during the sleep. Crucial details become memories during sleep which can be recalled anytime when they are needed.
Apart from these, there are some other incredible ways our body heals during sleep. Proper sleep can:
It’s not over yet! There are a few more benefits sound sleep can provide. Let’s discuss them too. Okay, ask yourself; “Have I ever felt ugly and less attractive after a night?” If your inner person says a big “Yes,” then you are not alone, friend! The root-cause is (guess what!) Sleep Deprivation.
How Can Sleep Heal Muscles After Working Out?
Generally, 7 to 8 hours of sleep is excellent for our daily routine. But when it comes to athletes or those people who work out 4 to 6 hours a day, then it is essential to get a minimum 9 hours of sleep to restore energy and rest muscles. Find some ways and plan your daily activities in a way which can allow you to go to bed early. Sleep reduces stress - mental as well as physical - and give us positivity & strength to get up and work out the next day. Sleep deprivation affects your body negatively and reduces willpower.
Specific hours of deep sleep keeps every organ and biological process healthy and functioning. If we do not follow a routine sleep pattern, then we silently create a need to take melatonin supplements or wearable sleep technology to get proper rest. Proper sleep functions are like our healing superheroes.
Some Other Compromises
A Swedish survey found that people who have 30 hours of sleep deprivation lack their glow compared to those people who get full hours of sleep every day!
Decide what you want in your life. Those extra hours in front of the idiot box or mobile phones, or a better, productive, and healthy lifestyle? On one hand, you can convert your unconscious time into energy, and on the other hand, sleep deficiency may lead you to depression, suicidal thoughts, and infertility. So eat right, sleep tight, and have a good night - always. :)