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Why It’s Important to Get a Decent Night’s Sleep

Deep inside, we all know how important it is to get enough sleep every day and especially during the night, but due to the busy lifestyle which many of us are tied to nowadays, we often lose sight of that instinctive knowledge. Although insufficient sleep is often dealt with copious amounts of coffee throughout the day to keep the brain active and help us stay awake throughout the day, there are far worse effects of not getting enough sleep than just temporary grogginess and fatigue, not to mention the harmful effects of having too much caffeine in the system on a regular basis.

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Restoration

Consider our brain to be an organic battery and sleeping is its way of recharging. Unless 7 – 8 hours of sleep is available to the brain each night, it is unable to recharge and restore itself as well as it is supposed to. The results of that insufficient recharging process over the course of many months and years may cause a variety of problems which include the following to name a few:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Memory loss
  • Loss of cognitive abilities
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Heart diseases and disorders
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Reduction of sexual prowess
  • Weight gain
  • Premature aging
  • Premature death

Increased Durability and Fitness

As mentioned above, insufficient sleep affects the immune system, the central nervous system and the heart directly. This obviously leads to frequent sickness, reduced strength and an overall bad health condition. On the other hand, studies show that people who get the necessary 7 – 8 hours of sleep every night live longer and healthier than almost everyone else. One of the main reasons as to why this happens is because when we sleep, the immune system releases cytokines; a compound that’s extremely effective in fighting against inflammation and infections inside the body. Additionally, sleep also indirectly contributes to a fitter lifestyle. A person who had enough sleep last night is more likely to exercise today than someone who didn’t get the necessary sleep. Without sleep-deprivation induced lethargy to bring him/her down, a fitter lifestyle is definitely on the cards.

Sleeping is Necessary to Reduce Oxidative Stress

The damage caused by the free radicals to our bodies on a cellular level is known as oxidative stress and it is one of the worst things that can happen to the body. Sleep is the natural enemy of oxidative stress as the free radicals are oxidized largely when we sleep. However, anti-oxidants from our food sources and in the form of supplements are also necessary to provide the body with the necessary tools to complete the oxidation process with success. This is where ASEA and its revolutionary ‘redox signaling’ technology comes in to help those that are at the highest risk of developing oxidative stress due to the nature of their lifestyle.

Now that we have covered a large bit of why sleep in general is important, it’s time to understand why a good night’s sleep is even more important. Getting 8 hours of sleep throughout the day is still better than just sleeping for four hours in the night, but it cannot be compared to the benefits of sleeping the full eight hours at a stretch during the night. The reason for this is the fact that human beings are biologically programmed to sleep during the night and not during the day. Meddling with this natural biological clock once again contributes to oxidative stress and several other associated health problems.