Today, Wednesday 5th November 2014 is National Stress Awareness Day; a day focussed on raising awareness on how to keep the balance right in terms of work, play and lifestyle. Whatever is making you stressed – financial pressures, your job or something more personal – a good night’s sleep is the foundation to being able to cope with the cause and set you on the road to feeling better.
Here’s five reasons why sleep is the ultimate stress buster:
Boosts brain health
Staying up late to get more done reduces your total productivity. Sleepiness is one after effect that lasts throughout the day and can also lead to anxiety, lack of motivation, irritability and restlessness. Sleep more, stay sharp.
Gives you energy
The body goes into repair mode when we’re asleep. Sleep helps eliminate fatigue and boost our overall energy levels. This improves confidence and an ability to approach tasks with enthusiasm.
Improves memory and concentration
When you snooze, it is a consolidation time as you strengthen memories or practice skills learned while you were awake. If you’re learning a new skill, say a new language, you’ll be able to grasp it better after you get a good night’s sleep.
Help weight management
An insufficient amount of sleep can affect your appetite and increases the likelihood of obesity. Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain. When you are sleepy, certain hormones increase in your blood, and those same hormones drive appetite. Sleep supports individual self esteem.
Sleep is restorative; protein is generated when we are asleep. Cell regeneration, tissue repair and other rejuvenatory processes happen within the body when we are asleep. Getting a good night’s sleep helps prevent wrinkles, promotes healthier teeth and delays other signs of ageing.
Take a moment today and think about your stress levels. Ask yourself, are you are getting enough sleep?