Sleep is a very important part of maintaining a healthy body; it's like recharging your batteries for the next day. Unfortunately, a lot of us aren't getting enough sleep. We are staying up late to finish projects, or homework, watching TV, Netflix, Hulu, etc., playing video games, or partying. We kind of dismiss the importance of sleep. We’ll wake up the next morning feeling drowsy and get a fix of caffeine to wake us up, which can hurt the body in the long run. If we understand sleep, we will take it more seriously.
The benefits of sleep
We benefit a lot from sleep. Sleep helps reduce stress and clear the brain, which is good for completing homework or facing deadlines, or both. Sleep improves your mood, which will also be helpful when facing deadlines.
Our health also benefits from sleep. Sleep can lower blood pressure and reduce risk of heart attacks. Sleep also repairs and recharges the body, which is good for reducing the aches and pains and feeling energized in the morning. Our bodies also fight bacteria when we’re sleeping, which is good for when you are sick and trying to recover.
For athletes, sleep is very important. As mentioned before, sleep is good for clearing the mind and helping you stay focused as well as keeping you calm, which is good for those critical moments in games/matches. Sleep is also good for repairing muscles that were worked as well as energizing the body for games, practices, and weight training.
Habits we do that ruin a good night sleep
There are habits that we do that can ruin our good night sleep. One of those is stimulating the brain with movies, video games, or checking our phones right before going to bed. That can keep the brain active and make it harder to fall asleep. Drinking alcohol before bed is also a bad habit that ruins a good night’s sleep. Alcohol can make you feel sleepy at first, but it causes disruption in your sleep pattern. Eating right before bedtime can also cause disruption in your sleep. Speaking from experience, sleeping right after you eat can cause heartburn and a slight stomach ache. You can also wake up with some painful gas. Last, but certainly not least, is an irregular sleep schedule. It can confuse our bodies “clock” by not knowing when to sleep and when to be awake, which can cause our brains to feel drowsy and our bodies to feel fatigue.
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