Welcome to part three of my five part series on the powers of sleep. We have already discovered how sleep can help you live a longer and healthier life. The role of sleep in you looking better and feeling better was also discussed in the second part of this series. Today, we are going to discuss how getting the proper amount of sleep can make you a happier person who is less stressed.
The National Sleep Foundation conducts hundreds of surveys each year. These surveys are done in hopes of finding out what types of illnesses and trends might be associated with sleep. One of their biggest discoveries came in a survey that was conducted in 2005. More than half of the adults surveyed by the National Sleep Foundation said they had experienced insomnia at least a few nights a week. Studies have shown that insomnia can trigger the body to produce higher rates of stress hormones. Most of us can understand this because we have been through it. Tossing and turning can frustrate someone greatly, thus stressing us out and making it even harder to sleep.
Stress causes your body to enter a hyper-aroused state that can make it very difficult for your body to reach a level of comfort (to sleep). Your increased sleep level can have a drastic affect on your life. Studies have shown that people who suffer from a low amount of sleep allow their stress levels to make then depressed. You start to forget things on a regular basis and depression can set in. The National Sleep Foundation’s study showed us that once you become stressed, your insomnia will become worse and could become much more dangerous. It is quite amazing how many things that sleep can affect.
Members of the foundation advise people to avoid caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, exercise, and bright light before bedtime. Each of those examples can trigger your body into an awake mode. This will result in you being awake longer and having a harder time getting to sleep. You should get the recommended eight to nine hours of sleep a day. Sleeping the proper amount is crucial to your everyday lifestyle.
The long run will show that you are a happier person who is less stressed. Insomnia will no longer be a great issue and will not affect your body. Leave it to the outside factors to get to you. Don’t let your lack of sleep affect how your day is going to go. Do the proper thing and get the right amount of sleep. If you don’t you could be making your life a stressful place to be and killing your happiness in the process.