The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep.
When juggling family life and your career, and just the ins and outs of daily life, it becomes easy to neglect important stuff. It might seem like a good idea to stay up until 2am finishing that work report, or waking up at the crack of dawn to finish your child’s school project with them, but according to the Mental Health Foundation, it is impossible to function effectively without sleep.
We understand the stresses and strains of parenthood here at Jinga Life, so while in the short term it might not seem that losing a few hours here and there is going to do you any harm; the truth is a lack of sleep can lead to long term problems in the future. A good night’s sleep is crucial for your physical, mental, and emotional health.
Sleep and Your Mental Health
Sleep (or the lack of) can have severe effects on your mental health. It can cause a great strain on your day-to-day living.
In a mood… Being sleepy can mean you find even the easiest of tasks difficult, causing you to become overwhelmed. Your emotions are on edge when you feel like this, which may cause you to lash out at others. This in turn can cause a lack of self esteem thus altering your mental health.
A sense of loneliness... Not getting enough sleep can also cause you to become isolated. Having low energy levels means you may decide to not participate in activities with friends and family. The lack of social events can lead to a feeling of loneliness.
The way you think… Getting very little sleep can often cause you to view situations, and even other people in a very negative light. By not getting enough sleep you are more susceptible to negativity.
Sleep and Your Physical Health
It’s not only your mental health that not sleeping can affect. Sleep has also been linked to playing a vital part in your physical health, which can lend a hand in dismantling your emotional health.
An effect on the scales... Sleep deprivation can wreak havoc with your metabolism. This in turn, can cause your body to respond to food differently, i.e. it can no longer process certain foods, or process food in the way it used to. A slower metabolism usually results in weight gain. So if you’ve been trying to lose weight or even just maintain your body weight, but are finding it difficult, take a look at your sleeping pattern. Weight gain due to lack of sleep can also lead to mental health issues like a lack of confidence.
Your immune system… A lack of sleep can also cause the way your immune system works to change. If your immune system alters itself you are more likely to contract certain diseases. Yet again, this can be linked to your mental health as coping with a serious disease can cause stress and strain on our emotions. In order to help in the prevention of certain diseases make sure you are getting a proper night’s sleep!
Messing with your head... The brain is the powerhouse of the body, as you know we store all our info here and it helps us remember certain things like the next door neighbour’s name and our parents landline number. The brain can be drastically affected by a lack of sleep. Without sleep it becomes more difficult for our brains to process the information we feed it. Memory and cognitive thought is often impacted. Not being able to recall simple information can often lead us to feel all sorts of emotions; embarrassed, frustrated, and downright upset.
As you can see, a lack of a good night’s sleep can cause our physical health to break down, this lends a hand to our overall emotional state. Our mental health also depends heavily on a decent amount of shut-eye. Next time you’re tossing and turning at night check out our tips on how to get a good night’s sleep.