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The Importance of a good nights sleep

Friday, September 23, 2016

Hey guys just thought I’d take some time to tell you about the importance of a good sleep pattern and how it benefits you in your day to day life. We all know to some extent that being tired all the time has bad side effects, our subconscious tells us that, but few realize to what extent these effects are, and they get pretty serious. It obviously starts with lack of motivation to do everyday tasks and physical activity, which can then lead to a ridiculous number of complications, the most sever include cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, strokes, obesity, heart failure and I could go on.

            But that’s a lot of negatives; here are the positives that link to a good sleep pattern… It instantly starts with better mental performance (situational assessment and judgement, motivation, memory, better mood control etc.) which is 90% of our overall health I believe. So that’s a great help and push forward for those of you with quite a big long term goal. Then leads onto other great benefits such as a better performing cardiovascular, faster metabolism, human growth hormone production and better hormone balance in general, better skin tone, improved sex drive and so on.

            So what if your one of those people that say “I only get 5 hours sleep a night and I feel fine”? well it’s been proven time and time again that people that do rely on only 5-6 hours of sleep per night aren’t really some sort of superhuman, they have literally just gotten used to having the lack of mental focus and alertness that comes with your body being properly rested, and may still be exposed to the risk of all the bad side effects that come with not getting enough rest. So have a go at getting roughly 8 hours a night and take notice of the difference it makes.

            And what if you’re a high level athlete? The benefits of getting a little more sleep per night might be more than you expected. Stanford University recently did an experiment on their basketball team which involved the athletes getting 2 hours extra sleep per night. after a week doing this the results were pretty good when you think about it. The athletes increased their movement speeds by 5%, their free throws were 9% more accurate and had a substantial difference in their reflexes. The same studies have been done for footballers and other athletes.

So its very clear that enough sleep is one of the most important parts of our health, so make sure your getting enough and enjoy a longer, happier, stress free life!


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