Is Your BRAIN Hungry? By Pam Rumi, PHD

Most of the clients I see in my practice want to sleep as little as possible and over the years I’ve heard lots of reasons for not getting enough sleep; all of the excuses pretty much say the same thing: Sleep isn’t important because…

I only need 5 hours of sleep…

I function better on 4 to 5 hours of sleep…

I’ve always slept 5 hours…

I’m a night owl…

I don’t need that much sleep…

I can’t fall asleep so I read or watch TV…

I have emails to finish and don’t get to bed until…

The average persons lives are full of answering emails, social media, working, social events and watching reality television just to name a few.  Life just seems to be more important when we’re awake forbid the thought we might miss an important moment because of sleep.  Many people realize how important exercise and good nutrition are to maintain a healthy active lifestyle but most forget that sleep is also just as important when developing and maintaining good health.

Most of us think sleeping is just a waste of time…something we have to do.  So why should I waste 7.5 to 9 hours a night?  Sleep is an important for many reasons, it helps us balance our emotional health, increases our mental sharpness and productivity it also helps us process food completely.  Sleep only requires a small amount of effort but the side affects are amazing.  Close your eyes for a moment and remember the last time you went on vacation, how relaxed you felt and how easy it was to sleep.  When you awoke the next day your body felt refreshed and the world and your spouse looked better.

Deep sleep allows our brain to perform regular maintenance which helps us function at our highest level. Deep sleep (REM) also helps us fight the aging process by giving our body the opportunity to repair and create new cells.  When we get the proper amount of sleep we naturally look and feel younger (beauty sleep).  Deep sleep also regulates our metabolism by releasing growth hormones and regulating proteins helping our bodies to repair any damages created by stress, poor nutrition and our environment.

Last but not least lack of sleep also plays an important role in hormone balancing which also control appetite!  When our hormones are out of control because of lack of sleep we tend to want to eat more which causes weight gain.  Deficiencies in our hormones or imbalances are usually directly related to sleep issues.

Whatever the cause of insomnia, it’s important to do something to help yourself get a better night sleep.   Our brain just like our body needs food and our brain get it’s nourishment through deep and relaxing sleep.  When sleeping our important body regulating functions and brain balancing activity occur and these processes need approximately 7.5 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep for adults.

If you’re struggling with sleep problems and have tried everything to get a good night sleep maybe it time to give us a call to set-up your get a “good night sleep appointment”.