Why is sleep important?

Published on 16 July 2023 at 18:53

Sleeping. There so many different opinions on how much sleep you need. I've heard the saying " I'll sleep when I'm dead". Work alcoholics getting little to no sleep, nighttime workers getting maybe 3 hours. People who stay out late partying getting the same. 

What does a good night's sleep actually do for you?  I am enjoying a nice cup of coffee just waking up from 8 or maybe even 9 hours of sleep, it is 7:16 am here in Florida and I feel good! Back to what I was getting at, what does a good night's sleep do for not just your body, but your brain. 

Now I am no scientist, I have no fancy PhD, BUT I have educated myself over the years during my weightlifting journey and a road to recovery from alcohol and just being healthy. There are many studies on sleep and the importance of it, I am going to go over them with you in this blog. 

If you are in the gym every day, doing cardio and lifting weights but not really seeing the results you want? There are many different things to look at like, is your form correct? Are you following an actual plan or are you just winging it? Are you eating like you should? Are you drinking enough water and getting enough minerals? We can look at all those things, but the biggest trick to weight loss is your recovery. What is included in your recovery? SLEEP!!!  

Your brain is actually working when you sleep, Dr. Maiken Nedergaard who studies sleep at the University of Rochester said " “When we sleep, the brain totally changes function, it becomes almost like a kidney, removing waste from the system.”

Everything gets repaired when you sleep, like your immune system and your muscles. Sleep plays an important role in how you recover. 

Adults should be getting on average 7-9 hours of sleep a night. If you have trouble sleeping try a different night routine, something that will relax you and put you in a nice calm mindset. Take a couple melatonin if you have to.  A good diet and exercise help, also cutting back caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. 

NOTHING is impossible, you CAN cut back on these things and START TODAY!! Honestly what is really holding you back from a long healthy life besides yourself!

A good night's sleep also puts you in a good mood, how many of you can say you actually woke up feeling great after only getting 3 or 4 hours of sleep? I can't that's for sure.  Ever heard the saying "you'll work yourself sick".? Well, it is the truth, good quality sleep helps repair the immune system, not getting enough of it will eventually make you sick. I know, I have done it to myself back when I would work 3 16-hour shifts in a row then work the rest of my eight-hour shifts. Let me tell you, it's not worth it.


A good before bed routine has helped me drastically, I won't lie, there are nights when I fall off. And I wake up feeling terrible. We are human, we don't always follow routine every single night and day, what is important is that you don't give up on them. 


What are your thoughts on this? Any opinions advice or questions??? Add a comment below (: 

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