sleep & health
When it comes to our health, we immediately think of two factors: healthy eating & exercise. But there’s a third factor that often gets overshadowed: Sleep. Together, sleep, physical activity, and nutrition form the three pillars of health.
We’ve all been there. When you’re sleep deprived, you rely on sugary pick-me-ups and often skip working out. And even if you do manage to exercise, without sleep, your body can’t recover from the workout.
A good night’s sleep goes a long way to curbing unhealthy cravings, and it gives you the energy you need to move. Sleep really does help your overall health.
according to the
Harvard sleep gurus:
“We all have some sense of the relationship between sleep and our ability to function throughout the day. After all, everyone has experienced the fatigue, bad mood, or lack of focus that often follow a night of poor sleep. What many people do not realize is that a lock of sleep — especially on a regular basis — is associated with long-term health consequences, including chronic medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, and that these conditions may lead to a shortened life expectancy.”
“Sleep and Disease Risk,” Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine
Sleep is the third pillar of health
Sleep is just as important as nutrition & exercise
Lack of sleep can cause long-term and short-term health issues, as well as psychological distress