This recent article originally published by The Levo League (then by the Huffington Post), is one of the many articles about the benefits of sleep that have been dominating news headlines. It turns out that getting a good night's sleep is one of the most important things for the human body. Proper sleep helps fight disease, enhances mood, and does just about everything in between. It's like pressing the RESET button after a long day of wear and tear. So, why do many of us fight it?
Most of us live in a reality in which statements like "you snooze, you lose" and "you can sleep when you're dead" are worn like medals of pride around the necks of the sleep-deprived majority. This is a direct reflection of our particular cultural values and priorities that promote productivity and the optimization of time. Sometimes, there just aren't enough hours of the day to get everything done on time - so we skip out on precious sleep.
But as more scientific studies are conducted inquiring into the functions of our bodies and minds, the more we realize that proper sleep is not an option, it's a necessity. Our bodies require sleep to revitalize and restore our organs and their functions, enhancing our awareness, performance, and overall health.
Maybe this will give us all a reason to settle in early for much-needed and guilt-free zzzzzz's tonight. But remember, it's about getting into a positive sleeping rhythm, not a one-night-a-week binge.