Happy National Sleep Day! With the crazy and overwhelming nature of the holiday season, America has officially named January 3rd as National Sleep Day. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t able to fully partake in this much needed holiday, but this does show how important sleep is to us. A good night’s rest is extremely important to living a healthy life.
- “Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.
- Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
- Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.
- Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
- Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.
- Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.”
Lack of sleep means much more than a groggy day, if you make a habit of it, your body will wear itself out much quicker. You don’t want to put your life and health at risk! Stay happy and bright the Rudi’s style:) We like to eat, play, and sleep life in the most natural way!