Exercise and eating right are important for good health, but counting sheep and getting plenty of good rest could be the best things you do for your body!
World Sleep Society is issuing a global call to action about the importance of healthy sleep. Today is World Sleep Day, which is an international awareness event created and hosted by the World Sleep Society. Now in its 11th year, World Sleep Day reaches out to researchers, health professionals and patients about the importance of sleep and the profound impact sleep has on our overall health.
For 2018, the slogan of World Sleep Day is “Join the Sleep World, Preserve Your Rhythms to Enjoy Life.” It is intended to emphasize the importance of circadian rhythms in healthy sleep.
The Nobel Prize for Sleep
The theme for this year’s World Sleep Day was undoubtedly inspired by the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which was jointly to researchers Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.
These three researchers have dedicated their studies to circadian rhythms, which refer to cyclic events within the body, including rhythms in hormones, body temperature and alertness. Your internal biological clock produces a circadian rhythms, but environmental factors such as sunlight can also have an impact.
In other words, if you work a night shift work or frequently travel across time zones, and therefore sleep and eat at the “wrong” time of day, your circadian rhythms are impacted. And this increases your risk of poor health. An imbalance in your circadian rhythms has both acute consequences — including daytime sleepiness, reduced performance and an increased risk of accidents — in addition to long-term consequences, including an increased risk of metabolic disorders and even cancer.
The takeaway is that preserving regular circadian rhythms can lower the risk of sleep disorders, reduce the likelihood of mental health disorders and also diminish chronic health issues, including high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.
Get More Shut-Eye
Research shows we spend up to one-third of our lives sleeping. Sleep is a basic human need, and it is crucial to our overall health and well-being. There are a lot of interesting facts related to sleep, and in our next blog post, we’ll discuss more about the importance of sound, restorative sleep.
And in honor of World Sleep Day, stay home and go to bed early tonight. Order dinner from Sipipa, and we’ll deliver to your door so you can make time for extra rest!