Why Improve Your Sleep?

Knowing your problems such as stress and a lack of mental clarity
are proven to be improved with quality sleep is
a) comforting
b) intriguing
c) motivating

  1. Realising your can sleep less but feel more refreshed.
    What makes you feel energised and mentally alert is how deep you’ve slept - not how many hours -
    as proven by this clinical research. So even if you only have 4-5 hours to sleep,
    if it’s quality, you can feel more rested than if you have had longer, low quality sleep.

  2. Understand sleep loss = stress.
    Sleep deprivation causes a 37% rise in stress hormone cortisol after only 1 night sleep loss. It also leads to dysfunction of our HPA axis, the brain region to dictate our reactions to stress - we become overly agitated even for minor problems.

  3. after 17 hours awake, an individual has the same performance level as one with a B.A.C of 0.05.
    researchers found. Do you expect yourself to perform at your best, mentally and physically, when you are drunk?

  4. Memory loss and Alzheimer's also a consequence of insufficient sleep:
    due to a build up of neurotoxin beta-amyloid which is otherwise cleared during deep sleep. Researchers have found these plaques to be a sign of Alzheimer's. 

  5. You can reduce 29% of your workplace errors if you reduce fatigue -
    according to the 2016 Sleep Health Foundation Australian Sleep Survey

  6. Enhanced collagen repair:
    collagen synthesis, liver detoxification and clearance of free radicals occurs in sleep, which can otherwise make your skin dull, lifeless and puffy. 

  7. Know inadequate sleep = weight gain.
    As published in academic journal Sleep, sleeping less than 5 hours a night increases the risk of obesity by 90% - found by researchers investigating over 30,000 individuals.

  8. It also alters our hunger hormones:
    Scientists featured in Annuls of Internal Medicine revealed our hunger hormone - grehlin - increases by 28%, our satiety hormone - leptin - decreases 18%

  9. PLUS our cravings for sugar increase up to 45%.
    Researchers found a 33-45% increased demand for sugary carbohydrates, largely due to an increased insulin resistance as a result of lack of sleep

  10. Lack of sleep means you can’t train properly:
    greater fatigue, slower reactivity and a reduced ability to concentrate mean you’re more prone to injury

  11. Further, it reduces your muscle tone and lean muscle mass:
    muscular recovery occurs during deep sleep, key to physically appearing more lean, toned and defined. In addition, due to the 37% rise in stress hormone cortisol after only 1 night sleep loss., your body is more likely to break down protein for fuel

  12. Sleep plays with your mood - which impacts everything.
    With a well established link between insomnia and mood disorders: 9.8% and 17.4% increase in depression and anxiety disorders respectively