While many of us put energy into eating a well balanced diet and carving out time for physical activity, we often disregard our need for a good night’s sleep. In today’s fast paced culture, society often prioritizes “doing” and accomplishments over “being” and wellness.
The glamorization of constantly being “on the grind” or “committed to the hustle” makes it seem like a full night of sleep is negotiable. While we respect hard work and dedication, we also recognize the importance of taking time to rest and rejuvenate. Our College Chefs company culture strides to emphasize a balanced lifestyle, one that includes physical wellbeing.
The exact number of sleeping hours needed for a healthy mind and body varies person to person. Studies show that 7-9 hours of sleep is ideal for the majority of people. In the days of working from home, creating our own schedules and general quarantine time-warps, our sleep patterns are easily thrown out of whack.
If you’ve ever had a restless night, you’ve surely felt the effects of sleep deprivation immediately. Grogginess, difficulty sleeping and effects on mood can be felt throughout the day. Studies show, the long term effects of sleep deprivation can include impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension, high blood pressure, stroke and obesity. Studies also show that long-term lack of sleep can increase stress, anxiety and depression symptoms.
In addition to affecting mood and physical wellbeing, sleep also affects hunger and appetite. The National Sleep Foundation explains, “Two hormones that help regulate hunger—ghrelin and leptin—are affected by sleep: Ghrelin stimulates appetite, while leptin decreases it. When the body is sleep-deprived, the level of ghrelin spikes, while the level of leptin falls, leading to an increase in hunger.”
Clearly a key in maintaining overall health, good consistent sleep is often difficult to achieve.
And after you catch up on your sleep, go check out the rest of our blogs at blog.collegechefs.com. Sweet dreams!