Sleep. The Final Frontier….

Are you getting enough sleep? Do you even know what enough sleep is? Of course, this is probably different for everyone, but ‘they’ say that we should be getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. And, I imagine the definition of quality is as unique as we are. Getting adequate amounts of quality sleep is truly crucial to your overall wellbeing. So how does one go about that? More on that later…

First though, why is sleep so important? Some things may be obvious, like not walking into things cuz you’re too tired to open your eyes. Or, you know, driving into things…

Ok, all fun aside. While we sleep, critical things are happening in our bodies. This is when our bodies get to repair themselves and manage things like stress, appetite control and metabolism. Did you know that when we don’t sleep well – we tend to grab higher-calorie foods? Yup. Sleep more and you’ll have those cravings less. And perhaps release some stubborn pounds!

Sleepy-time is when our organs get to rest and recover. And when our tissues, bones and muscles are repaired and restored.  It’s also a time of growth. While that may seem contradictory, HGH or human growth hormone is released while we sleep. Yes – even in adults! We’re always growing. Not like children, of course, but in other ways. We’re building new muscles. Or we’re healing from a bruise or paper cut. Our bodies are being renewed – while we sleep.

And speaking of children – good quality sleep is even more important for them. There have been studies that showed children who reversed sleep apnea suddenly had growth spurts because they were finally getting the HGH their bodies needed!

Stuff also happens in your brain…