From reducing stress levels to keeping diabetes at bay, there are some amazing health benefits that come from a good night’s sleep. Keep these bonuses in mind as you embark on 14 days to Soulful Sleep...
Research has revealed that individuals who consistently sleep less than five hours per night face a heightened risk of developing diabetes. According to Dr. Shelby Harris, this is due to the inadequate production of insulin, a hormone that facilitates the transfer of glucose from the bloodstream to the body's cells for energy. Frequent sleep deprivation disrupts this process, resulting in elevated glucose levels in the blood, which is a key symptom of diabetes.
REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE AND SUPPORTS ORGAN REPAIR
A significant portion of our nightly sleep, approximately 15-20%, is dedicated to deep sleep. During this stage, our core body temperature and blood pressure naturally decrease to their lowest points in the day. This decline is crucial as it enables essential repair and rejuvenation of tissues and organs. However, individuals who consistently experience insufficient sleep are at a considerably higher risk of developing hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Adequate sleep, on the other hand, supports healthy blood pressure levels and promotes optimal organ function.
ALLOWS STRESS REDUCTION
It's a well-known fact that stress can disrupt sleep, but the relationship between sleep and stress is bidirectional. Insufficient sleep can also lead to increased stress levels. Dr. Harris explains, "When you experience inadequate sleep, your body produces excessive amounts of cortisol, the stress hormone. This triggers the 'fight or flight' response, a natural reaction to perceived threat, resulting in heightened stress levels, irritability, anxiety, and moodiness." However, taking control of your sleep can help manage stress, leading to improved emotional well-being and enhanced coping abilities. Prioritizing adequate sleep can contribute to a happier and more resilient state of mind.
SUPPORTS WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS
Research in the field of sleep has established that adequate sleep plays a crucial role in regulating hunger hormones. When you get enough sleep, these hormones are properly balanced. However, insufficient sleep can disrupt this delicate balance, leading to increased cravings for high-fat and high-carbohydrate foods, and a tendency to overeat. Sufficient sleep also helps your body accurately recognize when it's full, reducing cravings for sugary or fatty foods.
Furthermore, if you're incorporating exercise into your weight loss regimen, sleep becomes even more vital. Dr. Harris explains, "Exercise involves stressing and damaging your muscles, which then repair and grow stronger during rest. Quality sleep allows your muscles to recover and repair more effectively." Therefore, after a challenging workout, a good night's sleep is crucial for optimal muscle recovery and growth, enabling you to get the most out of your workouts in the future. Prioritizing sufficient sleep can significantly support your weight loss efforts and overall fitness goals.
TASK: CREATE YOUR OWN SLEEP KIT
During this masterclass, you’ll discover a wealth of new habits and fresh ideas to support a good night’s sleep. Along the way there will be exercises, meditations, journaling and more, as we align body, mind and soul in this holistic plan. Having these tools at hand will be both convenient and comforting, as you start your journey to a good night’s rest...
- Notebook & Pen
- Reed diffuser
- Sleep mask
- Yoga mat