SLEEP – Why YOU need MORE of it!

Happy Wednesday y’all! Would you take a look at that- MORE than 8 hours of sleep?!?!?! No freakin’ way!

Last night, I had a laundry list of things that just HAD to be done, but my body was begging for rest. I had dinner with my littles, put clean sheets on my bed, picked up just a bit, ran the dishwasher and called it a night.
Sleep Pattern Tuesday Night Wednesday Morning

It’s hard to remember in this GO GO GO, DO DO DO, MORE MORE MORE world that it’s really ok if we STOP.

The world will not come crashing down around you if you “indulge” in REST!

Sleep, in my opinion, is the cornerstone of our health. Have you ever noticed how much better you function when you’re well rested?

I know that when I am sleeping enough, I am significantly less stressed out, I am infinitely more patient and my cognitive ability is much higher. If you’re getting a little more sleep but you’re not seeing the uplift in mood, you could purchase some turmeric pills that are very versatile when it comes to it’s benefits including body fatigue, fat burning and increasing your mental clarity.

I also tend to make healthier food choices when I’m well rested and more likely to make exercise a priority.

I used to have an issue getting the right amount of sleep simply because I didn’t feel safe. There had been a series of break-ins around where I lived and I couldn’t sleep knowing this but then I got outdoor home security cameras installed and now I can sleep safely.

Most experts will agree that sleep is the key to recovery mentally and physically. No doubt you’ve been told that muscle recovery takes place during sleep, so get to bed brah! 😉

Identification of Changes While Asleep

During the physically restorative phases of non-REM deep sleep, your blood pressure drops and your breathing becomes deeper and slower. Your brain is resting with very little activity, so the blood supply available to your muscles increases, delivering extra amounts of oxygen and nutrients which facilitate their healing and growth. Muscles and tissues are rejuvenated and new cells are regenerated during this phase of sleep.

Benefits of Sleep and Growth Hormone

As your body enters into the non-REM deep sleep stage, your pituitary gland releases a shot of growth hormone that stimulates tissue growth and muscle repair. Lack of sleep and changes in sleep quality cause a sharp decline in growth hormone secretion. Growth hormone deficiency is associated with increased obesity, loss of muscle mass and reduced exercise capacity.

– See more at: http://www.livestrong.com/article/155363-sleep-muscle-recovery/#sthash.sfAevJW7.dpuf

Brain Chemicals Involved in Sleep (source: http://goo.gl/eANVuJ)

  • Serotonin is a chemical that affects mood, emotion, sleep and appetite.
  • Norepinephrine is another brain chemical that affects stress response, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and metabolism.
  • Adenosine is a chemical that builds up in the blood when a person is awake and causes drowsiness. Adenosine is formed when the larger compound, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) breaks down and releases energy. Caffeine blocks the action of adenosine and keeps a person awake. Studies for future sleep medications focus on ways to affect a person’s adenosine levels. Adenosine also affects the heart and circulatory system.


Image source: http://goo.gl/ug8vEh

I am so thankful that I was able to get a great night’s sleep last night. I feel amazing today. I feel ready to conquer the world! I will continue to make sleep a priority!

Do you get enough sleep? How could you benefit from a few more ZZZs?

10 comments

  1. Stella Chiu says:

    Hi,Amanda

    It is excellent post about “sleep” . I like the infrographic.. It is important to have good nice sleep in order to function daily.
    Each of us has different bio-composition. Should the “8-hour sleep” be used as standard for everyone? I don’t have a good answer.
    But for me, I know I have enough sleep if i wake up fresh and ready for that day
    Have a nice week end!
    -Stella Chiu.

  2. Iyanna says:

    Yes! I have been trying to get some sleep as well. Trying to wake up nice and early too! But this holiday season has thrown me off so bad and my hours of sleep has paid for it! Lol thanks for sharing!

    • Amanda Medau says:

      I used to be able to get up at 4am to get my gym/running in but the last year or so it’s just been so difficult to do. I seem to be able to cope better if I workout at night and sleep a little longer in the mornings.
      Good luck in getting more sleep!!!

  3. Ana says:

    I am glad you had sound sleep. These days I am suffering from Insomnia. I am hardly able to sleep at night due to Jet lag and this has changed my entire biological clock. Thanks for sharing all the information in this post.

    • Amanda Medau says:

      Wouldn’t you know, my super sleep patterns didn’t continue past ONE night!
      I wouldn’t be too terribly upset to sleep in on occasion either!
      Still, it’s so hard to shut down mentally on some days!

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