5 Reasons We Need Sleep

Lauren Flanagan
Sleep is something most people know they should get more of, but is rarely prioritized. It can be difficult to get enough sleep, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) more than one third of adults in the US do not get enough sleep.1What is enough? The average adult needs at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Beyond making you feel lousy, lack of sleep can be extremely detrimental to your health and wellbeing. Here are 5 reasons why you should be making sleep a priority.

 

1. Sleep helps boost your mood.

Sleep plays a crucial role in your state of mind. Why is it that we feel “grumpy” and irritable after a poor night of rest? Sleep deprivation causes internal feelings of stress, anger, and sadness. Lack of sleep also effects how we perceive interactions with others. When you are sleep deprived you may interpret a neutral social encounter as negative, and you may feel as though the other person disfavors you. This can cause anxiousness or depression in the long-term.

One study showed that when subjects slept 4.5 hours they reported feeling sad, angry, stressed, and tired. When these subjects went back to a normal sleep pattern they all felt notable increases in their moods right away.2 Ironically, these mood shifts from lack of sleep, such as anxiousness and irritability, can make it moredifficult to fall asleep.3

2. Lack of sleep can result in chronic health issues.

Not getting a sufficient amount of sleep can cause more damage than you might think. According to the CDC, lack of sleep has been linked to the development of several chronic diseases. The risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity are shown to increase with sleep deprivation. This is because sleep plays an important role in regulating your blood sugar, metabolism, and appetite.4

Lack of sleep also makes you more susceptible to cardiovascular disease. During sleep your heart rate slows down and reduces your blood pressure. When you don’t get enough sleep your heart rate does not rest as it needs to and your blood pressure spikes as a result.

3. Sleep keeps your focus and memory sharp.

Sleep is important for a number of reasons, one of the most significant being brain function. During sleep, connections in our brain are strengthened and our memories are developed. Sleep deprivation makes it extremely difficult to access previously learned information in our brains.

This is because, when you do not properly rest, you can exhaust the neurons in your brain responsible for processing information. This makes it difficult to access newly learned material.5

4. Sleep can keep your skin clear.

Sleep not only affects you on the inside, but a good night sleep can be seen on the outside. Sleep protects your skin significantly. It helps your skin retain moisture, combat wrinkles, heal, and stay clear of blemishes. You may have heard of the protein, Collagen, known to help with skin strength and elasticity. Collagen actually works most effectively at night while you’re sleeping. The next time you look at an expensive product for your skin, consider just trying to get a couple more hours of rest.6

Diet choices are also a contributing factor for clear skin. Too much sugar can aggravate your skin and cause breakouts.  When you get insufficient sleep your Cortisol (stress hormone) levels rise and make you crave sugary snacks.7This is why, when you’re staying up late cramming to finish a project, your brain craves candy and junk food as opposed to a healthy snack.

5. Lack of sleep makes you prone to accidents.

Lack of sleep is a perfect storm for accidents. When you’re sleep deprived there are several physical reactions that can put you at risk for injury. Your brain does not send signals as easily, your muscles are weaker, and your body’s systems are not in synch. This can cause dis-coordination, lack of balance, and make you less prepared to react in dangerous situations.

Research has showed that sleep deprivation can actually have the same effect on driving as being intoxicated. Sleep deprivation also impairs judgement. It actually becomes more difficult to assess situations and choose the proper reaction when you are tired from lack of sleep.5

Solution

Sleep is key for your overall health and wellbeing. While getting more sleep sounds simple enough, it can be a serious struggle for many people.

Heritage CBD prioritizes wellness and saw an overwhelming need for a natural sleep-aid. This led to Heritage’s Dream Drops. Dream Drops contain 50mg of broad-spectrum CBD and 2mg of melatonin per serving. Why only 2mg? Research shows that when it comes to melatonin, less is actually more. The most effective way to take melatonin is in small doses (0.5 mg–3mg). Melatonin is the “night-time hormone.” If you supplement with too much melatonin then it can still be present in your body during the day and cause you to feel groggy and have a difficult time concentrating.8

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