Resting your body is just as important as feeding your body correctly. Life can be so busy for us all. It has it’s highs and lows and can literally take a lot out of you on a day to day basis. When the battery runs low on your phone, what do you do? You plug it in to recharge it. We often forget that we can do the same thing for ourselves with just a little bit of rest.
Have you ever woke up one morning and felt so drained, unsettled, frazzled, and sluggish? I know I have many times and it’s all due to getting off my sleeping patterns and not being fully rested. This really becomes a problem for me if I continue down the road of not resting and sleeping properly. My mood swings are the first that becomes apparent especially when it comes to my family. I’m cranky and snappy. Then it’s my memory and not being able to stay focused. That affects my job performance which creates stress. When I’m stressed I start craving food that is very unhealthy just to satisfy my cravings. I’m definitely a stress eater so then my weight becomes an issue. On and on I can tell you my downhill battles and it started with not being fully rested and getting enough sleep. All these factors work hand in hand.
Here are some benefits to resting your body:
- Reduce Stress: resting your body and creating better sleep patterns for yourself will reduce the amount of stress on your body and in turn improve your overall health. I know that I require at least 6 hours of deep sleep or I’m good for nothing the next day. Each person requires a certain amount of sleep in order to feel fully rested so find what amount works for you and be sure to stick with it. Plus when I’m less stressed out, it reflects on my diet and choices.
- Improves and maintains a healthy weight: sleep and metabolism are both controlled by the same area of the brain which helps to control your hunger and appetite. If you’re workout and diet is not effective, then maybe you’re not getting enough rest.
- Memory is better: lack of sleep makes it really difficult to remember and concentrate during the day. While sleeping, your brain is able to piece and sort information together in many ways to improve and retain memory. The body is simply amazing.
- No more crankiness: resting really does help with keeping that crankiness away. You feel rested, refreshed, and ready to take on your day with a better attitude.
How can we all get better at resting our bodies?
- Be sure to take at least one day out of your busy week to rest. Consider spending quality time with your family, read a book, go to church, have a picnic with friends, etc…
- When you go to bed turn your lights out and leave them off. Put yourself on a strict schedule! We do this with our children on school nights; do the same with yourself. Turn off the television, put your phone down, and turn off those lights.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.” https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why
So, it’s okay to get your “snooze on” and rest your body. Go for it!