Yep, my biggest grouse is sleep… I just don't get enough of it!
I was fairly warned before I had my 2 babies that this would happen, but I have never been in the habit of listening…
Listen up all you Mamas and Papas, and children of Mamas and Papas…
Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and much more. The simple truth is that sleep effects the quality of your life.
Your brain is more likely to function optimally if you’re getting enough Zs.
If you’re trying to learn something new— whether it’s Spanish or a new tennis swing— you’ll perform better after sleeping. Your brain appears to consolidate, strengthen, reorganise and restructure memories while you’re alseep, which may also result in more creativity.
A lack of sleep can result in ADHD-like symptoms in kids. Whereas adults get sleepy if sleep deprived, kids tend to get hyperactive. A lack of sleep can also contribute to depression. A good night’s sleep can really help a moody person decrease their anxiety.You get more emotional stability with good sleep, if you catch my drift. I can think of a few people who are just not getting enough sleep around me! *wink,wink* When it comes to our health, stress and sleep are nearly one and the same; both can affect cardiovascular health. Sleep can definitely reduce levels of stress, and with that people can have better control of their blood pressure. Sleep also effects cholesterol levels, which plays a significant role in heart disease. Inflammation is also linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging; we don't want that now, do we? Research indicates that people who get less sleep— six or fewer hours a night— have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more. So stop being a couch potato and pass-out already!
Dieters who are well rested lose more fat than those who are sleep deprived, who lose more muscle mass. Dieters also feel more hungry when they get less sleep. Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain, so when you are sleepy, certain hormones go up in your blood, and those same hormones drive appetite.
Sleepiness is grossly underrated as a problem by most people, but the cost to society is enormous. Sleeplessness affects reaction time and decision making. Insufficient sleep for just one night can be as detrimental to your driving ability as having an alcoholic drink!
Having said that, you should also know some sleep inducing foods that can help you get a restful night of sleep. Some of the most common are oatmeal, almonds, honey, whole wheat and dark chocolate.
I’m happy to report that some of our snacks are loaded with these foods and can be the perfect ‘night cap’ before you turn in, so feel free to tuck in!
If you are putting in long hours during the week, sleep just cannot be made up during the weekend. It’sall about finding a balance. So let’s do ourselves and everyone around us a favour and have a quick Happy Belly snack and go to sleep!