Sleeping for Your Health

Before we were pregnant with our littlest (2 months as of this writing), I was the mom who went to bed after midnight and got up at 5am. But eventually enough articles about sleep crossed my path that I began to see the wisdom in getting those 8 hours in.

Sleeping For Your Health(source)

We’ve all heard how important sleep is, and I’m guessing that most of us would agree that it IS important.¬†But knowing about it and actually doing it are two different things, right. ūüôā

I know for me personally, I’m more apt to do (or not do) something if I have some¬†facts, big enough in my mind, to warrant a lifestyle change.

Before we were pregnant with our littlest (2 months as of this writing), I was the mom who went to bed after midnight and got up at 5am. Travis, my husband, kept telling me it would catch up with me eventually. I agreed of course, but I was a creature of habit. Converting the knowing Рto the actual doing Рwas hard.

But eventually enough articles about sleep crossed my path that I began to see the wisdom in getting those 8 hours in.

What happens without enough sleep

Before we were pregnant with our littlest (2 months as of this writing), I was the mom who went to bed after midnight and got up at 5am. But eventually enough articles about sleep crossed my path that I began to see the wisdom in getting those 8 hours in.(source)

When I began to fall asleep in the middle of the day, became cranky and irritable, and started dozing while driving. . .I knew something had to change.

Without enough sleep:

  • your body’s immunity and defenses are lowered, putting you at risk of developing colds, flus, and ¬†even chronic illnesses with long-term sleep deprivation.
  • your ability to concentrate is intefered and can¬†negatively affect¬†both short and long-term memory
  • your emotions are effected, making you more likely to have a short temper and mood swings
  • the production of cortisol increases – this is the stress hormone. It also¬†lowers the¬†level of a hormone called leptin which tells your brain you‚Äôve had enough to eat.¬†This causes weight gain and promotes obesity. Read more about how sleep affects the ability and inability to lose weight.
  • your body is prompted to release higher levels of insulin eating. This in turn¬†promotes¬†fat storage and increases¬†the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • it can lead to problems like high blood pressure.

How much sleep do I need?

Sleeping for Your Health(source)

What really amazed me was the amount of sleep recommended based on age. I can tell you from current experience how much a newborn sleeps (and how much a mama doesn’t ūüėČ ), but I was most surprised by the amount recommended for school agers.

Age Recommended Amount of Sleep
Newborns 16‚Äď18 hours a day
Preschool-aged children 11‚Äď12 hours a day
School-aged children At least 10 hours a day
Teens 9‚Äď10 hours a day
Adults (including the elderly) 7‚Äď8 hours a day

Just like oxygen, food, and water Рyour body needs sleep in order to function properly.

How does sleep deprivation affect you? How has your life improved with more sleep?

Sleeping for Your Health(source)

 

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Paula, CHS, Certified Level 3 Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant

Paula, CHS, Certified Level 3 Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant

Hi, I'm Paula - wife and homeschooling mom of six. Several family health issues involving candida, food allergies, and Lyme Disease have created a passion to better understand our God-created bodies. Today I help others with recurring candida and stubborn fat learn how heal their gut and shrink their waist - in a way that's DOABLE. You can follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Youtube.
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Paula, CHS, Certified Level 3 Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant

Hi, I'm Paula - wife and homeschooling mom of six. Several family health issues involving candida, food allergies, and Lyme Disease have created a passion to better understand our God-created bodies. Today I help others with recurring candida and stubborn fat learn how heal their gut and shrink their waist - in a way that's DOABLE. You can follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Youtube.

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