It's beneficial to learn low quality of sleep can lead to mood swings or a cranky day, but did you know that lack of sleep will not only affect your emotion but your physical and mental health? Here are a list of side-effects by WebMD.
- Lack of Sleep Ages Your Skin
- Sleepiness Makes You Forgetful
- Losing Sleep Can Make You Gain Weight
- Lack of Sleep May Increase Risk of Death
One thing is certain, lack of sleep severely impairs brain functioning including judgment, memory, and reflex.
While people are trying to make extra time by cutting back their sleep time, mental health specialists can't stress enough about the importance of our sleep quality. Losing sleep maybe a symptom of depression, anxiety or other mental illness. Be sure to visit your doctor to rule out a medical illness.
Getting A Better Start For The Day
Getting plentiful sleep is essential to ensure we can start our next day in a positive mood; Harvard specialists identified some ways to improve our sleep:
- Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol or Nicotine 6 hours prior to bedtime.
- Establish a soothing pre-Sleep routine
- Nap early or not at all
- Lighten up on evening meals
- Balance Fluid Intake
Here is what you might not know, aside from the preparation before sleep; there is a trick to waking up as well. There are four stages in our sleep schedule, and simply by waking up at the stage of light sleep can help you feel even more refreshed.
You may be asking "How would you know when you are at the stage of light sleep?" Well we would like you to know that there are smart phone apps that detect your sleep stages and can be set to wake you up at the best time. Take a look at one of our team members sleep record above. When you have a moment, find a sleep-tracking app and give it a try!