When you think your quality of life – your standard of health, comfort, and happiness – most people frequently take into account how much they are able to do or get done. For instance, if someone is faced with an illness or injury and are now unable to do simple things they used to be able to do, like walking up a flight of stairs or taking care of themselves, you would say their quality of life is suffering – in direct correlation to what can no longer be done.
Today, we are going to talk about the importance of NOT doing anything in its active, physical form, and its benefit to all levels of quality of life – I’m talking about sleep.
“There will be plenty of sleep once you are dead” – Benjamin Franklin
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin**
The deleterious impact of chronic sleep loss on daily life is no longer news. Poor sleep significantly compromises our productivity and safety. And it seriously undermines our physical and mental health by triggering chronic inflammation in the brain and body. Chronic inflammation is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disorders, autoimmune illnesses, diabetes, obesity, cancer and depression.
The benefits of sleep on your body are also staggering. Sleep is when your body makes the most gains for your health and fitness goals. Not to mention all of the restorative processes that take place for your brain and the rest of your body.
“The sleeping fox catches no poultry.” – Benjamin Franklin
Circadian Rhythm plays a huge role in the success or failure of your sleeping self. Resetting that rhythm could be the key to gaining more restful, quality sleep when you need it. Nighttime “hygiene” practices may need to be tweaked (or introduced). For starters, try less light or different light in the hours before bed. The artificial light is tricking your body to think it’s still the middle of the day.