I started writing this post when Vienna was just a few months old and it's been in my "drafts" for well over a year! Sleep is something I value and when I began this post originally, it was pretty ironic because I was a little sleep deprived.
Whether you're a new mama or not, the tips I'm about to share will help you get a more restful sleep.
First let's discuss the importance of sleep. If you're not getting enough sleep you will definitely notice the effects both short-term and long-term. Let's look at some of them.
Increases your appetite
Lack of sleep leads to an increase in appetite (mainly for sugars and carbs). It increases ghrelin, your "I'm hungry" hormone and decreases your "I'm full" hormone, called leptin. Research has found that those who sleep less than 8 hours per night have an increased BMI proportional to a decrease in sleep.
This hormonal pattern of increased ghrelin and decreased leptin, has been found to be consistent with decreased energy expenditure and increased appetite and obesity.
Boosts inflammatory chemicals and shortens lifespan
Inflammatory chemicals are elevated in those individuals who sleep less than 8 hours per night. However, the same is true for people who sleep too long. These inflammatory chemicals are detrimental to health and have been found to shorten one's lifespan.
reduces cognitive function to that of a drunk person
You've likely experienced that "drunk" feeling when you're sleep deprived yet you've not had a sip of alcohol. That's because lack of sleep impairs simple functions such as attention, learning, and a range of cognitive functions.
And that's not all! Research has shown that insufficient sleep has negative impacts on endocrine, metabolic, cardiovascular, immune, bone, stress, and neurological health and function!!
In this video, I'm going to share with you some of my favourite natural ways to get a good night's sleep.
I'm a huge fan of sleep. I feel my best, look my best and I'm on top of my game when I've had a good night's sleep. I make it a priority, especially now that Vienna is sleeping through the night - yay!
Any questions or great sleep tips you've come across? Comment below.
Wishing you a joyous sleep tonight,