Why is sleep so important? How do you get a good nights sleep? Does it affect my emotions/mood?

Do you know why you can do the daily activities you do? Everyday we use our bodies and minds during school and other daily activities. As the day comes to an end, our body and mind get tired and need some rest. So to recharge our batteries and to stay fresh the next day, we need to SLEEP! Much like you even your brain needs rest, which happens whilst you sleep. But do you know why else sleep is important?

Personally I wake up everyday at 6am and go to school. When I reach back home after school it becomes 4 pm, sometimes even 5:30 pm. Then I go down to play soccer with my friends in the Condominium. Soon after I do my homework and shower. Guess what, by that time it becomes 7 pm! So all I do after that is watch T/V and eat dinner. Whew! All of this makes me real tired and do you think that eating food gives me the energy to do all this? Well no! I need to sleep to get the energy to do all of this over the next day. But how do you get a good night’s sleep?

“For starters, you should stick to a sleep schedule. You need to wake up and sleep at the same time everyday. Even on holidays you should follow your schedule. Secondly, pay attention to what’s going into your mouth before you sleep. Try to limit the amount of liquid you consume, as middle-of-the-night trips to the restroom can disrupt your sleep. Adults usually tend to consume alcohol, nicotine and caffeine, and that can take hours to wears off causing you to lose sleep. Though alcohol might make you feel sleepy at first, it can disrupt your sleep later during the night. Furthermore, make your room ideal for sleeping. Generally this means cool, dark and quiet. Even the quality of your mattress and pillow can affect how you sleep.

In addition to this, one important thing is to not take day naps. This will cause you to lose sleep at night because naps adjusts your internal clock and wants your body to sleep a lot in the day.Don’t forget to include physical activity. Exercising tires your body and wants it to sleep, getting you a good night’s sleep. However do not exercise before sleeping because you might be to energized to fall asleep. Lastly, manage your stress. Start with the basics, such as getting organized, setting priorities and delegating tasks. Do not restrict yourself from taking breaks, as rest also helps you manage stress. Sharing a laugh with your friend can also help. Still one question that people ponder on is how is their mood/emotions affected by sleep deficiency?” according to clinical staff http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/sleep/art-20048379

“Studies show sleep deficiency, the lack of something, alters activity in some parts of the brain. Many people have trouble controlling emotions and behavior. Depression, suicide, and risk-taking behaviour are common in teenagers who lack sleep. Sometimes they may even face chronic, persisting for a long time, diseases later in their lives. Children have problems getting along with others when they have not slept enough. They feel angry and impulsive, and have mood swings pretty often. They also can feel sad or depressed, or lack motivation at any small thing. They may even have problems paying attention and may get lower grades, which can cause them to feel stressed. Sometimes kids just shrug and say”so what”. But do they know that sleep improves their learning?

While you're sleeping, your brain functions properly and is preparing for the next day. It creates new openings to help you learn and remember information. It is evident in studies that a good night's sleep improves learning. No matter what you're learning, it could be math, playing the piano, driving a car, sleep helps enhance your learning and problem-solving skills. Sleep also increases your attention span, your ability to make decisions, and your imagination/creativity.” say experts on https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why

To conclude, I think that sleep is really important if you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Do you know why sleep is important? I hope you do now. Sleep deficiency can cause even the slightest of things to not go the way you want it to go. I know that I am going to sleep for 9-10 hours everyday. That’s something I encourage all of you to do.

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