Monday, September 20, 2010

Beauty: Sleeping Beauty....

Sleep, it is one of the most precious and wonderful things in our lives... But why? When we love it so much, do we ignore it?

It seems like we are always fighting sleep off, we have to finish this, we have to start that... This party is so fun, let's stay out & up just a little later....

That is until sleep finds us, claims us and never wants to let us go!

Well these days, more then ever, we have been appreciating our sleep.

So today we give you the healthy benefits of sleep... To remind us all to grab it whenever we can get it! Hey it's good for you!

*Info Snatched From

Scientists have gone to great lengths to fully understand sleep's benefits. In studies of humans and other animals, they have discovered that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions. The features in this section explore these discoveries and describe specific ways in which we all benefit from sleep.

When we sleep another of the benefits of sleep is that our body goes into repair mode. It focuses on repairing and building bone, muscle and other tissue as needed by our body. The body is set up to go into a sort of maintenance mode while we sleep that allows it to concentrate on fixing things. Not that our body doesn't do some repair while we're awake, but sleep allows it to concentrate without dividing energy between repair and all the tasks we perform when we're awake.

Mental well being is also one of the sleep health benefits we get from rest. Getting proper, regular sleep helps the mind to unwind, regroup and cope with stress and other issues. When we don't get our rest both body and mind are less able to cope with and adjust to stressors. We are also more prone to developing depression, anxiety and other illnesses. Sleep helps to keep the chemicals in our brain balanced and allows our mind to process out stressful or painful things from our day. We miss out on these sleep health benefits when we don't get our rest.

It is hard to recoup lost rest and get back the benefits of sleep. If we miss a couple hours a night during the work week we can't necessarily just sleep longer on Saturday and expect that we've balanced out our lack of rest from the week. Most likely you will need a little extra sleep for a few nights in a row for your body to feel back on track.

Sleep makes you feel better because when you get enough, you are actually healthier.... You look better, you feel better and you think better.

Sounds like a great beauty tip to us.

XOXO- Things-We-Heart

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