Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A FEW REASONS WHY REST/SLEEP ARE ESSENTIAL TO YOUR HEALTH


source
Konnichihu Lovelies!

I hope that everyone's week is going well. I'm not quite back to 100% yet, but I am feeling much better. I've committed myself to resting so that my body can fully heal.  

I believe that we (mainly myself) can take resting and gettting enough sleep for granted. Think about it. It's not very hard to do. You get caught up in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of living. And you may or may not have additional pulls on you like a child(ren), hubby or significant other, a demanding career, etc etc. All of these can sometimes result in us putting rest/sleep on the bottom end of our to-do list.

Unfortunately, this lack of can lead or add to problems with our health. I've listed a few of the things that can result from a rest/sleep deprivation.


Sleep reduces stress - When your body is sleep deficient, it goes into a state of stress. The body's functions are put on high alert which causes an increase in blood pressure and a production of stress hormones. Higher blood pressure increases your risk for heart attacks and strokes. The stress hormones also, unfortunately, make it harder for you to sleep.

Sleep reduces inflammation - The increase in stress hormones raises the level of inflammation in your body, also creating more risk for heart-related conditions, as well as cancer and diabetes. Inflammation is thought to one of the causes of the deterioration of your body as you age.

Sleep helps the body make repairs - Sleep is a time for your body to repair damage caused by stress, ultraviolet rays and other harmful exposures. Your cells produce more protein while you are sleeping. These protein molecules form the building blocks for cells, allowing them to repair damage.



Let's delve a little more into the body repairing itself:


“A lot of studies show our T-cells go down if we are sleep deprived,” Balachandran says. “And inflammatory cytokines go up. ... This could potentially lead to the greater risk of developing a cold or flu.”

What are T-cells?...
T-cells or “T lymphocytes” are white blood cells that have a key purpose in the immune system called “cell-mediated immunity”. These cells identify and attack any body cells that are infected with viruses or otherwise identified as harmful or “non-self”. There are numerous types of T-cells with different purposes ranging from identifying dangers ( helper T-cells) to attacking infected cells."

"In simple terms, sleep deprivation suppresses immune system function. Or, as Balachandran puts it, “The more all-nighters you pull, the more likely you are to decrease your body’s ability to respond to colds or bacterial infections.”

 Lack of Sleep and Fevers
Sleep loss not only plays a role in whether we come down with a cold or flu. It also influences how we fight illnesses once we come down with them.

 For example, our bodies fight infection with fevers. “One of the things that happens when we sleep is that we can get a better fever response,” Balachandran says. “This is why fevers tend to rise at night. But if we are not sleeping, our fever reaction is not primed, so we may not be waging war on infection as best we can.”
source: http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/immune-system-lack-of-sleep


So I've pretty much decided not to run again until next week. I'll probably end up walking for my usual Saturday run on this weekend. Given these facts, I won't participate in another race until mid-October. Usually, I'd be bummed about it but at this point in my life, I understand the importance of taking care of myself so that I can function better. So I have absolutely no problem slowing it down for awhile. The races will definitely be there when I get back to it.

Oh. Btw, if you care or were wondering "konnichihu" (pronounced "Kon-ee-chee-wa") is a Japanese word for "hello".

Hope you all are getting your rest.
{{Hugs}}

4 comments:

  1. Great post! and very beneficial with great points. Thanks so much for posting. I agree with you we must know when to slow down, listen to our bodies and get plenty of rest.

    No I didn't know what that word meant, thanks for sharing what it means:0)

    Take care,
    zainab1

    ReplyDelete
  2. the timing of this post is great bc i'm on my computer late night because i can't sleep! maybe i should try harder to get some shut eye!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I agree with you 100 percent, because I have noticed the difference in my health when I get enough sleep and when i don't get enough sleep. Hope you heal up soon.

    xx
    Liz Lizo
    VOGUED-OUT

    ReplyDelete
  4. @Zainab1 - My pleasure, Lady!

    @Zarna - Wow! I promise you, I can talk. I'd been staying up late and getting up early and just rolling thru my days. I knew that I should've been getting more sleep but... I just didn't. Getting sick made me slow it down. I'm grateful to feeling better each day.

    @Liz Lizo - Thanks. Yes, sleep is definitely essential to our health.

    ReplyDelete

Speak on it