|This beauty knows the value of sleep to maintain her beauty and health.|
Everyone has occasional restless nights, but women seem to experience this even more than men. Part of this problem is due to the unique physiology of our female bodies. Menstruation, pregnancy or the onset of menopause all can interfere with our sleep patterns besides more increased stress than decades earlier from balancing home, family and work.
However, skipping sleep on a fairly regular basis can take a toll. If sleeplessness becomes your new norm, it can raise your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
Obesity can also be in your future. The reason you can put on more weight is because lack of sleep interferes with your hormone function and how the body burns fat.
Without ample hours of sleep, your brain can’t function to its full capacity for learning, cognition, memory and your response to the data it receives for doing things. Proper sleep allows the brain to digest information and makes it easier for it to retrieve upon waking.
Though eight hours of sleep sounds like an unrealistic luxury, trying to reach for that goal can only improve the quality of your life, relationships and health.
For more on the subject, please read my earlier post on sleep.