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The Importance of Sleep

Malek Allari | Editor in Chief

Sleep is an important factor in our lives. Not only does it help recharge the body with energy, affects our physical and mental functioning, ability to fight disease and develop immunity, and our metabolism and chronic disease risk. However, there are a lot of people who struggle with sleep, and in some cases, medical help is advised.

Ensuring sleep is important. One way to ensure sleep is by having a comfortable place to sleep. It could be temperature, loudness, lighting, or even the firmness of the bed. Some people like to sleep at moderate temperatures, and others in icy settings. Some people like to sleep with the lights on, no matter how bright they are, some with dim light, and some in the complete darkness of the night. And other ways to help you with sleep could be changed depending on a person’s preference.

Exercise at a regular time each day, but try to have it within 3 hours of your bedtime. When the body exerts energy and uses most of it on exercise, it starts burning body fat and food to give the body more energy to continue exercising. However, the body doesn’t know when to stop creating energy, which leaves the body with energy before going to bed, and people end up awake. The exhaustion from exercise usually kicks in after the session ends by 2 – 3 hours on average.

Avoid eating large meals before bedtime. It will keep you awake. Follow a regular sleep schedule by going to sleep and waking up every day at the same time, and try to do that on the weekends and during your travels too. Avoid napping in the late afternoons and evenings. It will keep you awake in the dead of night. Now, all these are ways to help you sleep. However, some might work, and some might not, it all depends on the body of the person. What you might do is try some different combinations and see what works out for you and what does not.

Sleep is important, and we all know that. The beauty of it is that it is free. It is a mechanism in our body that helps us a lot, whether we see it or not. Treat your body right, and give it its deserved sleep, do not make it more than 9 hours tho, though it might lead to some serious health issues. As for your naps, 30 minutes will do. They will keep you up for another five hours.


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