We talk a lot about self-care, particularly in our Wellness & Self-Care section. However one thing we haven’t covered yet is sleep and we all need it. At times we can find it difficult to get into a good sleep routine. Especially if we aren’t feeling at our best. Sleep is incredibly important for good mental health and helps us to lead a better more fulfilled life. Why? Let’s find out…
Sleep Allows Us to Process
Throughout any day we experience a myriad of emotions. We can find ourselves ecstatic and floating through the day one minute, then upset and hurt the next. Everything that we experience is stored in our brains. It can be a bit messy at times.
When we go to bed at night, we provide our minds with the chance to go through all of those events and feelings. Gradually, while we are deep in slumber, our brains organise and file all of this information. Processing the days events leaves us better placed to cope with the following day.
This means our mental health is improved on most occasions because things have more perspective, emotions have been checked and reset, as well as the events of the day put to rest.
Sleep Helps Our Brains Repair and Restore Themselves
The time we spend asleep is valuable to the health of our brains. While we spend time in the land of nod, our brains to continue to work hard. Not only are they processing emotions and events, they are repairing themselves also.
Throughout the day a build up of toxins can occur. At night, while we rest, our brains are hard at work removing these. They also set to work assessing the damage to our neurons. These neurons are how the brain communicates with the body. Stress and other factors can cause damage as the day progresses. So whilst we sleep our brains try to repair that damage, restore it to previous glory.
Improves cognitive functions
Getting a good nights sleep has many benefits for how our brains function. When we keep our brains healthy, the knock on effects are fantastic.
This means that while we are dreaming, despite our brains still being hard at work, they are resetting and refreshing what they do. A good sleep leads therefore to better concentration and focus. This leaves us better placed for coping with what the day throws at us. Our moods are brighter and we have a better capacity for remembering things. We will be more motivated and productive too!
Benefits Our Physical Health
Sleep has an effect on the physical side of things also. This means that we feel better and healthier, therefore our minds are clearer.
Aside for the obvious perk or allowing our bodies time to rest, sleep also helps boosting our immune system. It improves our metabolism, meaning that sleeping a good amount can actually help with weight loss. Not to mention enabling the heart to do some much needed maintenance as well.
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
When thinking about everything above, it is easy to see how sleep helps with our stress and anxiety. Sometimes this can be caused simply by not sleeping enough or even too much. Other times we may be faced with challenges that affect how we feeling.
When we have a good night sleeping, all of the above processes and jobs combine to help our overall mental health improve. Every little detail contributes to us being able to not only feel better, but cope with the day ahead of us.