Sleep, is it really that important??
HELL YA it is (excuse my language) but sleep is hands down one of the most important parts of determining your health. If you are not getting enough sleep, your body is not functioning at it's highest potential.
7-9 hours minimum, and no I do not mean this if you have a newborn baby or you are going through a stressful time, but in your day to day life that is what you should be striving for.
Why? Well here are some good reasons....
Improved cognitive function: Good sleep can improve cognitive function, including memory, concentration, and problem-solving abilities.
Better mood: Bad sleep = Bad mood. People who get enough sleep tend to have better mood and are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.
Stronger immune system: Good sleep can strengthen the immune system, making you less vulnerable to illnesses.
Improved physical performance: Want optimal muscle recovery?? Well sleep plays a crucial role in physical performance and can improve athletic performance.
Reduced risk of obesity: Ever get a bad nights sleep and feel like you need a snack every fifteen minutes? Ya me too. Getting enough sleep can reduce the risk of obesity, as it helps regulate hormones that control appetite and metabolism.
Lowered risk of chronic diseases: Better sleep = better health. Good sleep has been linked to a lower risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Better skin health: Who doesn't want glowing skin? Sleep is essential for skin health, as it helps repair and regenerate skin cells, reducing the signs of aging and improving overall skin appearance.
Do you need supplements? Absolutely not, BUT if you are managing stress, eating well and feel like you need some natural support, here are some that I love!
My favourite sleep supplements are l-theanine AND/OR Magnesium