When you skimp on sleep, your body doesn’t just hit the snooze button on its functions—it’s like throwing a wrench into a well-oiled machine. Let’s see why it’s important to get that head on a pillow.

Why should you get enough sleep?

  • 1. Physical Drain: Your body needs rest to repair and rejuvenate muscles. Without it, you’re more prone to fatigue, muscle weakness, and even weight gain due to disrupted metabolism.
  • 2. Mental Fog: Ever feel like your brain’s stuck in a fog after a sleepless night? That’s because lack of sleep messes with your cognitive functions, impairing memory, concentration, and decision-making skills. It’s like trying to run a marathon with a head full of cotton candy.
  • 3. Emotional Rollercoaster: Sleep deprivation can turn your emotions into a wild ride, from crankiness and irritability to heightened stress and anxiety. It’s like putting your emotions on a shaky rollercoaster with no off switch.
  • 4. Weakened Immune System: Sleep is like a superhero cape for your immune system. Without enough of it, your body’s defense system takes a hit, making you more susceptible to illnesses like colds and flu. It’s like leaving your fortress unguarded against invaders.
  • 5. Increased Risk of Chronic Diseases: Sleep deprivation has been linked to an increased risk of various chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and even certain types of cancer. This is because inadequate sleep can lead to imbalances in hormones like insulin and cortisol, as well as inflammation in the body, which are all key players in the development of these conditions.
  • 6. Impaired Motor Skills: Just like alcohol can impair your coordination and reaction time, so can lack of sleep. This means you’re more likely to experience accidents or injuries, whether it’s stumbling over your own feet or nodding off behind the wheel. Your body needs sleep to maintain optimal motor function and coordination.
  • 7. Altered Appetite Regulation: Ever notice that you’re hungrier or crave junk food after a sleepless night? That’s because sleep deprivation disrupts the balance of hormones that regulate hunger and appetite, such as ghrelin and leptin. This can lead to overeating and weight gain over time, contributing to a host of health issues like obesity and metabolic syndrome.

Each of these effects is bad news from a physiological standpoint because they disrupt the delicate balance your body needs to function optimally, throwing everything from hormones to neurotransmitters out of whack. So, hitting the hay isn’t just about catching some Z’s—it’s about keeping your body, mind, and emotions in top-notch shape.

Sleep or no sleep when your nervous system is balanced you are more likely to have the systems affected by sleep run to the best of their ability so make regular adjustments and sleep a regular part of your routine. Let’s talk sleep quality at your next adjustment. 

Now you know why Dr. Scott and Dr. Parm are forever talking about Rest, Sleep, Diet, and Exercise.

Sleep Well Be Well