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Do You Count Sheep or Sleep?

Sleep Is the Main Measure of Our Well-Being

Do You Count Sheep or Sleep

A good night’s sleep is refreshing. Thanks to rest, you can enhance memory and attention, restore physical and mental energy, significantly reduce inflammation, improve mood, balance hormones, and even control appetite.

The less we sleep, the more likely we are to deal with stress. Being stressed can increase the chance of feeding irrational hunger. What you eat when feeding your irrational hunger is usually packed with sugars and carbohydrates. Sleeping poorly even increases the risk of childhood obesity.

On the other hand, according to the NHLBI, “Sleep deficiency has also played a role in human mistakes linked to tragic accidents, such as nuclear reactor meltdowns, grounding of large ships, and plane crashes.” 

In short, sleep is a pillar of health. The National Library of Medicine stated, “We spend about one-third of our life either sleeping or attempting to do so.”

Which in itself indicates how indispensable it is. Resting has several bodily functions. The main one is the internal balance, also called homeostasis. The consequences will come as a cascade if we lose the main factor leading to internal balance. Sleep is the main measure of our well-being.

Reality shows that sleeping is a constant problem for many. In addition to difficulty starting to sleep, many go to bed accompanied by anxiety, which causes cortisol (stress hormone) to rise, interrupting sleep. Managing this monster has been a great challenge that cannot be solved simply by counting sheep.

At a time when information spreads quickly, and many miracles are promised in capsules, we see the despair of those who, to sleep, ingest multiple pills! These are abusive doses. Seek guidance from a specialist to deal with this situation.