Since I am not getting much sleep thanks to a certain two year old I thought I’d write a post on the importance of sleep. Last night my two year decided not to to sleep until after 10, now this is not the norm but if she happens to nap during the day then she doesn’t go to sleep until 9 or 10 o’clock. Just when she started to fall asleep last night Comet (my chihuahua) started licking everything in the room, the vet told me this is a sign of nausea which Comet always seems to get in the middle of the night. By 11 o’clock Abby and Comet were both asleep, my husband and I on the other hand weren’t, but we would shortly follow only to be awakened by Abby crying which has become a usual occurrence lately.
I have one suggestion for anyone with kids and a dog…DO NOT LET THEM SLEEP IN YOUR BED!!!! Our bed is way too crowded and although the dog and Abby sleep fairly well, my husband and I do not. My biggest problem now is getting them out of my bed…maybe someday I will have my bed back but for now I am stuck with them and it is my own fault.
Sleep is very important to our overall well being and according to The Harvard Women’s Health Watch lack of sleep can contribute to a myriad of health problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure and a decrease in immune function. Here are 5 reasons why you need to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep a night:
- Weight Maintenance: Lack of sleep can alter the level of hormones in our body that affect our appetite causing people to overeat. Your body also repairs itself during sleep so without adequate sleep your muscles can’t grow and repair themselves.
- Mood: Lack of sleep can cause mood swings, impatience, irritability, and decreased levels of concentration. I can personally vouch that lack of sleep makes me not only impatient but very moody, I tend to snap at people for little things, like when I snapped at my husband this morning because the water cooler was empty.
- Disease prevention: Lack of sleep has been linked to high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Poor sleep contributes to increased inflammation in the body which has been linked to all of these diseases.
- Safety: Lack of sleep can lead to decreased levels of concentration and decreased reaction times. This is a major problem if you are driving or operating any type machinery and can lead to deadly accidents.
- Memory: Sleep has been shown to improve memory. Sleep gives the brain time to process and store info, so if you have a big test coming up take a nap after studying it will help your brain retain the info better.