If you Snooze, You’ll Never Lose!
Written by, Samantha Granger – Health Fitness Specialist
Along with exercise and a balanced diet, sleep is one of the most important pillars to a healthy lifestyle. Getting the sleep that your body needs is critical for your health and well-being. Sleep is much more than just rest. The quality of sleep determines the quality of your life. Sleep can affect how much energy you have to play with your kids, grandkids, or pets. It can affect how much patience you have, how effective and focused you are at work, or simply how you feel at any given moment.
The amount and quality of sleep you obtain now will affect your health in the future. According to a study by the University of Chicago, not enough sleep can lower your metabolism resulting in weight gain. There is also a connection between the lack of sleep and high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and even early premature mortality. Think back to your favorite vacation where you most likely achieved the sleep your body needs every night. Did you feel like you were thriving the next day? This feeling could have been caused by the effects of vacationing, but also the effects of receiving quality sleep.
This month, our content writers are focusing on raising awareness on the importance of sleep, the benefits from receiving efficient sleep, and ways to provide energy to your body without the use of caffeine. Also, don’t forget to look at the Exercise of the Month for a back-friendly exercise.