How your sleep patterns can significantly affect your health, wellbeing, mental capacity and rate of ageing.

Your sleep patterns can significantly affect your health, wellbeing, mental capacity and rate of ageing.

Are your sleep patterns contributing to rejuvenation and repair or potential illness and rapid ageing?

Your sleep patterns and the quality of your sleep significantly affect the your stress levels, your brain function as well as your body. The quality and number of hours that you sleep can contribute to repair and rejuvenation of your body, good health, emotional wellbeing  degeneration  and more rapid aging.

A great night’s sleep begins with you falling  asleep within ten minutes of your head hitting the pillow. You sleep deeply, restfully  and you wake up  refreshed. A restful regenerative night’s sleep will have been  experienced as being deep, with very little remembered dreaming. The dreams that you do remember would leave you feeling positive, uplifted,creating a happy start to your day. Naturally a night spent tossing, turning, with vivid anxious dreams is far from restful.

The occasional restless, interrupted night’s sleep is no real problem and may have been caused by going to bed overstimulated, eating a heavy meal too late in the evening or drinking more that 2 glasses of alcohol before bed or using the computer just before going to bed.

Why is it so important to get  plenty of good quality sleep each and every night?

Sleep is when your body repairs itself. The only time that your body and your mind  gets a chance to really work on repairing and rejuvenating itself is when you are sleeping restfully.   But it’s important to note here that “restful” sleep is the key word here.

When you are deprived of a good restful night’s sleep your body is unable to go about the business of repair and rejuvenation. Therefore you are actually starting the next day a little less focused and less metabolically healthy than the day before.

By getting enough hours of good deep sleep on a regular basis you are allowing your body to function at its fullest potential. Deprived of adequate sleep your body function will ultimately be sub-optimal.

Current research has shown a connection between poor sleep habits and adrenal fatigue, weight gain, poor immune function, reduced brain function,anxiety, depression and more rapid ageing.

A recent controlled simulated experiment tested drivers reflex response times after only 4 hours of sleep. Despite having had no alcohol their reflex times were as impaired as someone who is driving above the legal alcohol limit.

Put bluntly, not enough quality sleep equals poor function and gradual degeneration.

Oh and by the way relying on the “weekend sleep-in” to catch up on your sleep doesn’t really work. Sure it helps a bit to feel clearer (and feels nice) but basically when it comes to repairing your body that “catch-up” strategy just does not work long-term.

Your mind and body needs a regular sleeping pattern to repair and regenerate well.

What steps could you take to improve your sleeping patterns,  For more hints on  how to experience  a restful night’s sleep see the related posts.