Even though how much rest we get can affect everything we do during our day, over one third of American adults report that they do not regularly get at least the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night. In an age where we are ‘always on’ sleep is more important than ever. Not so surprisingly, sleep is also an important factor in keeping your immune system healthy.
What Sleep does and why it’s important
Sleep is a state of reduced consciousness where most of our sensory activity and movement is limited. The sleep-wake cycle is regulated by an internal circadian clock that is aligned with the daily solar cycle, and gives the body cues of when to sleep.
Sleeping allows the body to recharge and replenish many of the systems in our bodies like our muscles, bones, nervous systems, and immune systems as well as maintain our emotional and cognitive functions.
A lack of sleep at night can make you cranky the next day. And over time, skimping on sleep can mess up more than just your morning mood. Studies show getting quality sleep on a regular basis can help improve all sorts of issues, from your blood sugar to your workouts.
GIVE YOUR BODY THE ZZZs IT NEEDS
No More Brain Fog
When you’re running low on sleep, you’ll probably have trouble holding onto and recalling details. Sleep plays a big part in both learning and memory recall. Without enough sleep, it’s tough to focus and take in new information. Your brain also doesn’t have enough time to properly store memories so you can pull them up later.
Natural Mood Booster
While you’re sleeping, your brain is processing your emotions. Your mind needs this time in order to recognize and react the right way. When you cut that short, you tend to have more negative emotional reactions and fewer positive ones.
Chronic lack of sleep can also raise the chance of having a mood disorder. One large study showed that when you have insomnia, you’re five times more likely to develop depression, and your odds of anxiety or panic disorders are even greater.
Your blood pressure goes down while you are asleep, giving your heart and blood vessels a bit of a rest. The less sleep you get, the longer your blood pressure stays up during a 24-hour cycle. High blood pressure can lead to heart disease, including stroke.
Better Workouts & Athletic Performance
Besides robbing you of energy and time for muscle repair, lack of sleep saps your motivation, which is what gets you to the finish line. You’ll face a harder mental and physical challenge — and see slower reaction times.
Steadier Blood Sugar
During the deep, slow-wave part of your sleep cycle, the amount of glucose in your blood drops. Not enough time in this deepest stage means you don’t get that break to allow a reset. Your body will have a harder time responding to your cells’ needs and blood sugar levels. Better sleep means a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
The job of your immune system is to identify harmful bacteria and viruses in your body and destroy them. Ongoing lack of sleep changes the way your immune cells work. They may not attack as quickly, and you could get sick more often.
When you’re well-rested, you’re less hungry. Being sleep-deprived messes with the hormones in your brain — leptin and ghrelin — that control appetite. With those out of balance, your resistance to the temptation of unhealthy foods goes way down. And when you’re tired, you’re less likely to want to get up and move your body. Together, it’s a recipe for putting on pounds.
Poor sleep can have lasting effects
Lack of sleep for any reason can have both mild and severe consequences. It can lead to fatigue and sleepiness during the day – causing you to lose focus, impair your judgment, make you more forgetful, and more likely to be irritable or depressed. This can lead to an increased risk of accidents, both minor and serious. It can also negatively affect the immune system, decrease sex drive, cause hormonal imbalances, and increase weight gain and skin aging.
All of these symptoms may seem benign, but they increase your risk of chronic conditions like Cardiovascular Disease, Respiratory Illness, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, and Stroke.
Determining what is causing loss of sleep can be difficult, as the causes of sleep loss are wide-ranging, including:
- Chronic Pain
- Sleep Apnea
- Being overweight or obese
- Too much caffeine
- Night shift work
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Restless Leg Syndrome
But most cases are caused by mental or environmental factors such as:
- Overstimulation from TV, lights, sounds, etc
At Ways2Well we help patients combat poor sleep with lifestyle changes, treatments for conditions that may be causing loss of sleep, and with products designed to improve sleep directly.
A blend of low dose 3mg Melatonin, 20mg of CBD and added sleep support supplements designed to help you get to sleep and stay asleep and improve REM cycle sleep which results in more restful sleep.
CBD Sleep addresses multiple sleep issues.
Getting to Sleep:
Often exacerbated by over stimulus while in bed, or before bed such as:
- Bright Lights
- High Stress
Most people have issues with sleep, and it is usually caused by the inability to complete REM cycle sleep due to:
- High Stress
ZMA+C is a proprietary compound used to improve sleep cycle quality, anxiety management, immune support, digestion, and bone and muscle health. Ways2Well has found success in prescribing this to patients looking for better recovery after workouts and sleep management.
- Zinc /10mg: Zinc is a trace metal found in your body that supports your immune system and muscles. Zinc supplementation is also shown to assist with sleep regulation.
- Magnesium Aspartate /400mg: Magnesium Aspartate is a mineral supplement that helps manage sleep and plays an important role in regulating metabolic and muscle health.
- L-Citrulline /350mg: L-Citrulline is an amino acid that naturally occurs in several foods. It can be used to fight fatigue, increase energy, and improve athletic performance.