The importance of sleep.
Often I will receive a text from a client after their massage saying they have had the best sleep ever! They have slept longer, more deeply or more comfortably. Quite a few of these people never realized how sleep deprived they were until they woke up refreshed and ready to start the new day.
When we close our eyes and fall asleep, our bodies get really busy. The brain creates new connections helping both short term and long-term memory functions.
'Brain Fog' can set in affecting your problem solving skills and concentration when sleep deprived. This can also lead to emotional outbursts, anxiety and depression.
A weakened immune system where we constantly get viral and bacterial infections that we cannot combat can be due to a lack of sleep as the body cannot heal itself effectively when sleep deprived. Our bodies use those precious sleep hours to repair and grow.
Have you ever heard someone say, " I can sleep when I'm dead!"? That may unfortunately be sooner than they think. Sleep deprivation has been linked to high blood pressure and raised inflammation levels which negatively impacts the cardiovascular system.
It is important to recognise why you may be sleep deprived. Stress, anxiety and pain can all contribute to sleepless nights. The cycle gets worse with exhaustion adding to the stress, anxiety and pain. There may also be an undiagnosed medical issue which prevents you from a good nights sleep, so if you are chronically fatigued due to lack of sleep seeing your Doctor is definitely a big step in the right direction.