Sleep and Health are Symbiotic
Without proper sleep, you may well “expire”, to put it mildly. In clinical trials, rats kept awake too long all died. Now, the reason for death was never directly the result of sleep deprivation. Rather, it was the collateral outcome of sleeplessness. When you’re sleep deprived, you make poor decisions nutritionally and socially.
Somebody a few hours shy of sleep is actually in a mental state very similar to inebriation. Accordingly, the same sorts of mistakes happen emotionally, and collaterally. Get too many beers in you, and you may walk into a busy street without meaning to. Miss enough sleep, and it’s conceivable that a person may do just the same. Fatigue causes many car accidents.
1. Dreams Can Psychologically “Unwind” the Day’s Events
Beyond metaphysical implications of dreams, there’s a direct psychological purpose to them which is a distinct part of the sleeping process. While as yet the function of dreams in slumber isn’t fully known, it is known that our most restful sleep is of the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) variety. That’s when you dream—at least, when most “memorable” dreams occur.
Some think that dreams are the brain’s way of processing through the day’s events. That could well be the case. Regardless, whatever the brain does during sleep is fundamental to proper mental acuity, functionality, and overall peace of mind.
2. Musculature and Nutrition are Maximized in Sleep
If you can get decent sleep between strong workouts, your body will recover more quickly. Musculature is “repaired” during sleep. Also, you digest as you sleep. That’s why if you eat the wrong food before hitting the sack, you’ll get heartburn: the body is still digesting.
When digestion and musculature “maintenance” are properly combined, as in balanced sleep, it’s best for the body.
3. Properly Balanced Sleep Maintains Healthy Weight
If you don’t sleep enough, the body will start storing away food in the form of fat—people who don’t sleep enough tend to gain weight. Similarly, those who sleep too much also gain weight. Healthy sleep balance is required for overall bodily health, at minimum, in terms of your weight. For healthy balanced sleep, finding the best mattress is fundamental.
A mattress that’s conducive to around eight or nine hours’ sleep is necessary, but isn’t so soft you can never get up again! You’re looking for balance, and what works for you may not work for someone else. For married couples having difficulty here, a solution like memory foam may be in order.
4. Emotional Stability is Greater With Proper Sleep
When a person is tired, they get irritable. Everyone’s encountered a sleep-deprived so-and-so with a bad attitude. Well, it turns out, emotionally, it’s more difficult to regulate oneself when there hasn’t been enough sleep. So in terms of emotional stability, acquiring and maintaining it virtually requires healthy sleep patterns.
5. Emotional and Physical Stability Expand Quality of Life
When a person is both physically and emotionally stable, that gives them clarity of mind and strength of body requisite to advance their own social position. Granted, this won’t happen for everybody; but when you can give 100% of yourself to growing your personal wealth, you’re more likely to be successful. Proper sleep is enormously helpful here.
A Proper Sleep Schedule is Key to Balanced Health
Emotional and physical stability make it easier for you to advance in life—sleep is fundamental to that, in balanced quantities. When you sleep in a balanced way, it can help stabilize your weight. Also, you’ll be more emotionally “on the ball”, as it were. What you’ve eaten and how it nourishes your body are also qualities of life enhanced by sleep.
Lastly, the importance of dreams psychologically may not be fully understood, but it’s certainly a feature that recommends proper sleep. There is a relationship between the sleeping mind and the waking mind, and too little slumber deprives an individual of that necessary relationship. So in a nutshell: balanced sleep is good for you, inside and out.