Why you should pay attention to your sleep!

by Little Elephant


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Why you should pay attention to your sleep!

Jan 05, 2021

Why we made DRIFT 

We had so many possible new tonic ideas but once we sat down and really pondered - how could we benefit the most people, we decided, DRIFT, our sleep tonic stood the best chance of achieving that.

Why do we sleep? 

Sleep is required for survival, and many of us could use a little more. 

Whats going on while you sleep?

Every night you leave wakeful consciousness and descend into a state of sleep. But most people have no idea what happens after they close their eyes.

While you’re off in dreamland, several physiological changes take place. Changes in your temperature, heart rate, and brain activity all occur while you're catching that shut-eye.. Although physiological demands are decreased, various things are still happening.

Passing through the different stages of sleep, your body cognitively and physically restores itself. Cells synthesize protein, tissues repair, and growth hormones are released while you're fast asleep.

Sleep may also help your brain reorganize and retain memories. While you’re awake, your brain is receiving lots of information and images. 

During sleep, your brain might be connecting new memories and processing information, all of which help with overall cognitive function.

Sleep Needs

How do you know if you’re getting enough? After all, not everyone’s sleep needs are the same. For example, some people can function well on as little as five or six hours of sleep each night while others need more.

One of the best ways to determine if you’re getting enough sleep is how you feel in the morning. If you wake up refreshed and ready to start the day, you’re probably getting enough sleep. If you’re dragging, fatigued forgetful, and cranky, lack of sleep may be to blame. Keep in mind; although individual sleep needs may vary, most adults usually need six to nine hours of sleep in 24 hours.

Consequences of Sleep Deprivation

Without an sufficient amount of sleep, our minds and bodies are unable to perform at their peak. Several potentially harmful consequences are associated with inadequate or poor sleep. Sleep influences the immune system, memory consolidation, attention, hunger, mood, response time, and many other functions.

Sleep and Well-being

It’s presumably a no-brainer that sleep is essential. But you may be surprised to find out the crucial role sleep plays in your overall well-being. Lack of sleep can affect everything from your mental health to your waistline.

A lack of sleep also appears to affect your immune system. When you don’t get enough shuteye, your ability to fight infection may decrease. 

Sleep deprivation appears to play a role in your emotional health. Lack of sleep can alter activity in some areas of the brain. Sleep deficiency can make controlling your emotions more difficult. Sleep deprivation has been linked to an increased risk of depression.

If that wasn’t enough, chronic sleep deprivation appears to be associated with certain medical conditions; people with sleep deficiency are more likely to develop high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.

Sleep is one of the most important things you can do to maintain good health. 

The bottom line is, for optimal health, you should make getting plenty of sleep a priority!