I used to say that I could always sleep later. Out having a good time with friends, I wasn’t feeling tired, so I must not need sleep, right? I could always sleep in the next day (maybe). Wrong. As I got older I realized that sleep is critical for physical performance, brain function, memory, overall positivity and good attitude. Yes, you could skip it, but then you would be miserable, and we wouldn’t want that. Keep reading to see all the good things that happen when you’re sleeping and what REV can do to help you get more!
Research has shown that adequate sleep helps to improve memory and learning, increase attention and creativity, and aid in making decisions. When you don’t get enough sleep, physical changes occur in our brain, which make it difficult to make decisions, solve problems, control emotions and cope with any kind of change. In severe cases, it is also associated with depression, suicide and risk-taking behavior. Yowza. Better take that nap after all.
Sleep is essential in consolidating all of the stimulus from the day and converting them into “memories.” While we don’t remember every single detail, we need sleep to file away everything we took in. More importantly, sleep clears out toxins that accumulate in the brain during the day.
During sleep, our body is finally able to heal and repair cells (think tissues, muscles and our cardiovascular system). It’s when our hormones are balanced, insulin/blood sugar is regulated and our growth-promoting hormones are released. Our immune systems also get a boost so we can fight off infection and sickness.
Basically, we need sleep to be productive. Those who experience inadequate sleep often take longer to finish tasks, react slower and generally make more mistakes. So, the fog you feel the next day after inadequate rest is your body’s way of telling you it didn’t do everything during the night that it needed to do and now you’re going to pay the price.
Have you heard that sleep deprivation is related to obesity? Well, it’s true. People who get better sleep are better able to manage their weight – mostly due to all of the reasons explained in the physical health section above! But weight loss aside, the other parts of healing and recovery are critical. So, if you’re wondering how you can get more, better sleep? REV has an answer for you. Try the Yoga Nidra class on Fridays at 5:30pm.
While it’s important to get the sweaty, hard core workouts in to challenge your body physically, it’s imperative that we give equal attention to our mind. While meditation might not be your thing (can’t stop running through your grocery list and to-dos, I get it, meditation is HARD!) you could take an easier route and let someone guide you through a Nidra practice. Through the practice of Yoga Nidra, your brain effortlessly transitions into an altered state of consciousness. Think of this state as the in-between of waking and dreaming. During this time you will be able to relax and focus, which directly impacts your quality of sleep and much more. I can honestly say that I have the best sleep of my week after this practice.
Dress warm, bring a pillow and a blanket for “nap yoga” every Friday. You won’t regret it! Just kidding – don’t plan to nap – just plan to get real comfy and then sleep better that night!
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