We all know that a good night’s sleep is extremely important for health. Good health begins with a good night’s sleep. So first I am tackling why good night’s sleep is important? What are the benefits of getting enough sleep? Afterward, this subject will take a turn & will let you know the spiritual benefits of sleeping. Astonished? Yes, there are a lot of spiritual benefits of sleep. There is also a concept called ‘Deep Sleep Spirituality’.I am trying to explain to you How sleep restores your spiritual health? So please read on & share your thoughts with me in comments in a box below.
Importance of sleep:
Sleeping to a human being is as important as healthy food and exercise. These three are the fundamental things of a life form & are the foundation of good health. However, our modern lifestyle has a negative effect on our natural sleep pattern. Nowadays most people tend to sleep less & in poorer quality. But why is sleep important?
1. A good night’s sleep leads to boost concentration and productivity.
Sleep is critical for various functions of the brain. This includes mental ability, concentration, productivity, and overall conduct.
All these factors are negatively dominated by poor or insufficient sleep. A survey of medical students showed that the students who ran their busy routine made more medical mistakes than the students who got proper sleep. Another study showed that keeping away from sleep can have the same negative impact on the brain as being under the effect of alcohol.
In contrast to this, enough sleep has been shown to improve analytical ability and memory in both children and adults.
2. A night of proper sleep can improve your athletic capability:.
Sleep has been shown to be beneficial for an energetic performance. A study of football players showed that more sleep naturally improved the speed of running, response time to passes and accuracy in their game. In addition, poor sleep at an old age can cause problems in ‘conduct’ and functioning in daily life. A study of older women showed that poor sleep was associated to slower walking, less strength in the limbs and more problems with doing all kinds of normal activities personally.
3. Less sleep causes weight gain.
Improper or less sleep has a strong interaction with weight gain. Study shows that people who sleep little are relatively more overweight than people who take a good sleep. Very little sleep is the biggest risk factor & can lead to obesity. A study showed that adults and children were more likely to develop obesity.
The effect of sleep on weight gain influence on your hormones as well and with poor sleep a lower or no desire to exercise. Good quality sleep is important if you are trying to do fat loss.
4. Good sleep leads to consuming fewer calories:
A study conducted shows that if you get less sleep, you have more appetite during the day, so you eat more and therefore get more calories. Less sleep disturbs the daily fluctuations in your appetite and there are more chances of falling in the trap of emotional eating. Which, again leads to consuming more calories than required. Taking less sleep collapses your hormonal balance which causes no control over your appetite.
5. The risk of diabetes type 2.
A study has shown that less sleep has an effect on blood sugar and that it reduces the secretion of insulin in our body. Poor sleep habits are actively linked to a negative effect on blood sugar levels in the general population. People who tend to take less than 6 hours of sleep per night have again & again been shown to be at risk for type 2 diabetes.
6. Lesser sleep can create depression.
A person having a sleeping disorder or less sleep have poor mental health. He is likely to go through depression. It is estimated that most of the patients with depression complain about poor sleep. Poor sleep can also associate with an increased risk of a suicide death. People with sleep disorders, such as insomnia also have significantly more frequent depressions.
7. Proper Sleep keeps your immunity in order:
Even a little lack of sleep has a conclusive effect on the immune system. In a two-week study, people were given the common cold virus with nasal drops and studied. People who slept for less than 7 hours were successfully infected with cold. Those who slept for 8 hours or more has no sign of a cold.
8. Poor sleep gives you inflammation.
Sleep can have a major influence on swelling in the body. Lack of sleep tends to increase undesirable inflammation and cell damage. Too little sleep for a longer period can be the reason to inflammation of the digestive tract. Researchers even ask about sleeping pattern while predicting inflammatory disease in the patients who have long term of this disease.
9. About your emotions and social communication:.
Researchers studied that poor sleep has a negative effect on our ability to interact and process important social indications.
A number of studies show that sleep has an effect on our ability to understand & engage in social communications. One study even showed that people who hadn’t got enough sleep could not recognize the difference between happy and angry faces.
. If you don’t grab enough hours in your soft bed in the house, it will make you irritable and impatient. It even influences your sense of humor. So think of your family, friends, and colleagues before you want to cross out another night.
Lack of proper sleep for a longer period has the same effect as alcohol. Your reaction capacity slows down. You can imagine how dangerous it is if you are driving a car or bike, doing any sports activity or doing other activities that require concentration in such a condition. So be careful, if you have not slept well.
There are many and varied answers to the question ‘why is sleep important’. Good sleep is important for your health.
Sleep in a spiritual perspective:
The body is a wonderful machine in which life is constantly revived and strength & power constantly refreshed so that the total body can continue to live. Sleeping includes part of this revival. Sleeping permits higher pulses of ‘Divine illumination’ entering our physical body. This process is not possible when we are awake. This is because our emotions & mind are limiting this process. Yes. It is true that dreaming involves our emotions & mental state but at that time it becomes a part of our sleeping state. This state does not become an obstruction to the process of rebuilding, curing & regenerating.
The quality & quantity of sleep has an important effect on the amount of recovery takes place at that time. Deep sleep produces a greater flow of energy in our brain cells & tissues. This leads to remove the toxins saturated on the cells & replace it with energy. This process is carried out unconsciously because of the nature of the human body. This is because we, human beings, are never detached from that ‘Divine Light’. In the sleep, our bodily elements reunite with ‘Divine’ which is non-physical entity & logical merger takes place where ever required. This can not happen in our awake state or in the daytime.
Dos & Don’t Dos
So henceforth don’t think that everybody who sleeps is lazy. You cay last three days without water, thirty days without food & seven days without sleep. Everybody’s need for sleep can be different. Every person needs eight hours of sleep is a myth. Everybody sleeps in five cycles of 70 to 90 minutes. That means a minimum of 350 minutes ( 6 Hours ) to a maximum of 450 minutes ( 7.5 Hours ). The need for sleep can go on changing in the course of time. In the daytime, while we are working, our brain is also working. Thinking, calculating & taking decisions etc are the work of brain & it also requires time to recharge. It recharges in the sleep as described above. Sleep has a direct effect on our immune function. Manage the following things to get quality sleep:
1 Decide your cycle of sleep, that is bedtime & wake-up time & follow it
2 Do not drink coffee after 2 PM
3 Do not drink alcohol after 8 PM if your bedtime is 11 PM.
4 Minimum 25 Minutes of exercise is a must. Walking will do. Don’t exercise 4 hours before your bedtime.
5 Grab 15 Minutes of direct sunlight after waking up.
I hope you enjoyed my blog on Sleep. However, if you have any questions or concerns you’d like to ask or any suggestions to give, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to answer you