Getting enough sleep is by far one of the most important factors in healing. Sleep helps the brain work properly, forming new pathways to learn and remember information, while also preparing you for the next day.
SLEEP HELPS WITH
♦ Learning and Memory: sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory, called memory consolidation. New synapses are formed and neurotransmitters replenish.
♦ Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation can cause weight gain, affecting how our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite and control blood glucose.
♦ Mood: who can relate? Lack of sleep leads to irritability, impatience, and moodiness.
♦ Immune system: your body detoxes when it sleeps, clearing out the lymphatic system and defending your body against foreign or harmful substances.
STAGES OF SLEEP
Goal to get 7 hours of sleep a night to function optimally! Additional information on sleep by Sleep Education website