Why Sleep is the Third Pillar of Health

How important is sleep to you? Do your prioritise getting the right amount of sleep each night to make sure you're functioning at your best the next day when you get to the office? We know that most people prioritise exercise and diet when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It's some time's a lot easier to make sure you drink 2L of water a day than it is to make sure your sleep routine is up to scratch. But, here at The Goodnight Co. want to show you just how crucial sleep is for our physical and mental well-being, and why we consider sleep to be the third pillar of health.

Sleep is essential for our physical health. During sleep, our body repairs and rejuvenates itself.

It helps regulate our metabolism and hormones, which are essential for maintaining a healthy weight. Lack of sleep has been linked to various health issues, such as:

  • obesity,
  • diabetes,
  • cardiovascular disease,
  • and a weakened immune system.

It's not just our physical health that is impacted by sleep, it's also crucial for our overall mental well-being. Good quality sleep is essential for our:

  • cognitive functioning,
  • memory consolidation,
  • and emotional regulation.

Lack of sleep can lead to mood swings, irritability, anxiety, and depression. Sleep is also linked to our creativity and problem-solving abilities.

Despite knowing the importance of sleep, many people prioritise work or other activities over getting a good night's rest.

This can lead to a culture of sleep deprivation, which is detrimental to our health and well-being. So, if you're looking for a few simple tools to help you start to get a better night sleep. Here are just a couple things that we suggests:

Stick to a regular sleep schedule: Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.

Create a sleep-conducive environment: Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and cool.

Limit screen time before bed: The blue light emitted by electronic devices can disrupt your sleep patterns.

Practice relaxation techniques: Try meditation, deep breathing, or yoga to help you unwind and fall asleep.

This month, we will be taking a deeper look at the idea of sleep as the third pillar of health and the important role it plays not only within the workplace, but also our every day lives.

If you're struggle with sleep, and you're not sure how to get back to feeling well rested and energised, start by taking our Free Sleep Quiz. Getting a good night sleep, is not as hard as you think.