Sleep 101: Reasons Why You Must Not Skip Sleep Time

Published : Feb 19, 2021
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  • Updated On : Jul 27, 2022

    Did you know that the average human being spends pretty much one-third of their lives asleep! The time we spend sleeping is crucial for our mental and physical well-being in many ways.

    A good night’s sleep helps in removing toxins from your brains that build up through the day. This also leads to improved concentration levels, better mood, and decreasing levels of cortisol (stress hormones) in your brain.

    Let’s look at some of the reasons why sleep is important backed up by science

    1. Improves memory

    A good night’s sleep helps to activate memory and strengthens the connection between brain cells. This facilitates the transfer of information from short-term memory to long-term memory. This means that low-quality sleep can easily cause memory loss and forgetfulness. Try not to sleep for three days at a stretch and you’ll know.

    2. Aids cognitive function

    The cognitive functions of your brain include learning, thinking, reasoning, problem-solving, the ability to pay attention, and even your creativity. All of it is impacted with a good night’s sleep. It ensures that emptying all your reserves at once.

    3. Heals damaged cells

    Scientists have discovered that during the day waste products get build up in the brain that gets cleared during sleep. Sleep facilitates the release of hormones during sleep that encourages tissue growth to repair blood vessels and result in healing.

    4. Reduces inflammation

    Adequate sleep has been linked to reduced inflammation. Few studies show that inadequate sleep can lead to inflammatory bowel disease that affects people’s gastrointestinal tract.

    Here are a few simple tips to make you fall asleep faster at night

    1. Get exposure to natural light during the day

    Our body has a natural circadian rhythm that affects our brain and hormones, helping us stay awake and telling our body when it’s time to sleep. Natural sunlight or bright light during the day helps to keep your circadian rhythm healthy.

    2. Reduce exposure to blue light in the evening

    More exposure at night can trick your brain into thinking that it’s still daytime. Blue light from smartphones and computers are emitted in large amounts that can make things worse. To reduce blue light exposure you can wear glasses to block blue light, get apps that help to block blue light on your screen, and turn off bright lights 2 hours before heading to bed.

    3. Take a relaxing bath or shower

    As per science, taking hot bath 90 minutes before bedtime has been shown to improve sleep quality in people. Alternatively, simply bathing your feet with hot water can also help you relax and improve sleep.

    4. Get a comfortable bed, mattress or pillow

    Ever wondered why you sleep better in a hotel. Other than the ambiance it’s also the bed quality that affects your sleep. In a study conducted over 28 days, a new and improved mattress was shown to reduce back pain by 57%.

    It is recommended that you upgrade your bedding every 5-8 years.

    5. Get magnesium supplements

    Magnesium is one of the most common minerals found on earth. It’s essential for the proper functioning of over 600 cellular reactions in the body. It helps your body and brain relax. On a chemical level, magnesium aids this process by activating the parasympathetic nervous system and making them calm and relaxed. Magnesium also regulates the hormone melatonin, which guides sleep-wake cycles in your body. 

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