We live in an era where everyone is looking for a magic pill to solve all of their wellness problems. Juice cleanses, homemade kombucha, adaptogens—many of our wellness trends are time-consuming and kind of expensive. But it turns out that a magic wellness pill does exist—and it’s free and you’re already doing it every night. You guessed it: we’re talking about sleep. Here are three reasons why a healthy sleep regimen is the key to achieving your wellness goals.
Sleep lowers your stress levels
Sleep has been proven both to lower blood pressure and levels of stress hormones. This means that getting a proper night of sleep ensures that you feel less stressed during the day and are more prepared to deal with stressful events as they may occur. Instead of trying to de-stress during the day with meditation and exercise and stress balls, start from the ground up: focus on getting solid, quality sleep at night, so that you’re facing each day with plenty of calm energy.
Sleep helps you make healthier choices
Science has shown time and again that sleep is when the brain internalizes and consolidates all it has learned during the previous day. By getting a proper night’s sleep, you guarantee that your mind feels clear and open each day and you are able to meet your wellness goals—since a well-rested mind is much better at making healthy choices throughout the day.
Sleep helps you stay fit
Chronic sleep deprivation has been shown to lead to weight gain, because it alters the way that the body stores and processes carbohydrates and changes the hormones that control appetite. Additionally, if you are properly rested, you’ll have more energy to devote to the day’s yoga class or spinning session. Finally, quality sleep gives your body the time and resources to repair itself after a day of strenuous physical activity. All in all, the key to a fit, healthy body is a proper night’s rest.
Despite the correlations between sleep and overall wellness, though, many people do not get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. If you’re having trouble getting a restful snooze every night, consider upgrading your mattress. Molecule’s cooling airflow technology keeps your body feeling good all night, so you can wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, restored, and ready to make healthy, wellness-centric choices all day long.