Sometimes it is hard to catch a full 6-8 hours of sleep, which is the average amount that we should get every night. Some people function well with just 4 to 5 hours of sleep and others (like me) need closer to 9. So do we really need to sleep, that much? Yes, we do. There are numerous reasons that we NEED our sleep even if we don’t think we do.
Here are a few:
Health Researchers have found that during the time that we sleep our immune systems get an extra boost, hormones and neurotransmitters are secreted that are related to stress reduction. We need uninterrupted sleep. REM sleep, which you may have heard of is the dream stage of sleep. We go through cycles of sleeping throughout the night that are all crucial to our heath and wellbeing. Sleeping improves: memory, weight loss, life expectancy, creativity and your attention span just to name a few.
Sometimes when we are REALLY tired we start to get cranky, forgetful and impatient. Every little thing starts to really bother our mood because we are lacking sleep. I mean think about it. Your body needs this time to reboot and if your body system doesn’t get the adequate amount of sleep you’re going to start slipping somewhere. That really cranky person you know may be someone who is missing out on valuable sleep.
This may come as a surprise and it may not, but we need to catch those Z’s to perform well in bed. You get home from work, busy day, made dinner for the kids, even did a few loads of laundry. You’re TIRED. Your intimacy is suffering because you need more sleep. Let’s be honest, being intimate can be hard, rewarding work, but if you’re too sleepy you won’t be at your best and may not even want to be involved with the task.
I’m very guilty of this one. This is one of the main reasons I know that I need more sleep. Somehow everything gets fuzzy and blurred in my head, if that makes sense. Our brains need rest to perform the everyday activities we are involved in. When we are lacking sleep we tend to be forgetful, cloudy-minded, and experience a sort of fuzziness when going about our day. You become more prone to mistakes, find it harder to solve problems, and your attention span even takes a turn for the worse. You know that feeling right?
So all in all yes, we do NEED that sleep! Try to remember some of the times that you were super tired, made goofy mistakes and started to forget simple things. Our lives get so busy and hectic that we try to put sleep aside but don’t do it! Reschedule some activities around and make a night time routine to make sure you catch those necessary Z’s. Without the sleep we need our body systems starts to lack in every place! Next time you think you can get away with 5 hours of sleep remember the benefits of sleep and the side effects of insufficient sleep!