Why Sleep Is So Important

Why Sleep Is So Important

Sleep is an essential and vital physiological process required to maintain one’s health and overall well-being by allowing time for the mind and body to rest, renew, and recharge. Those who live or work in the greater Columbia, SC area and are challenged with temporary or chronic sleep issues will find this essential sleep guidance from Dr. Richard Bogan or Dr. Laura Herpel of Bogan Sleep Consultants helpful.

Why Sleep Is So Important

If you do not get enough or are challenged by poor-quality sleep – that is, you are sleep deficient or sleep deprived, the potential result may lead to –

  • Reduced cognitive functioning.
  • Moodiness.
  • Deteriorated immune capacity.
  • Diminished memory.
  • Greater risk of chronic diseases.
  • Reduced ability to be safe - which may include driving while impaired.

The Benefits Offered by Getting Enough Sleep

Most people already know that their ability to perform or endure becomes compromised when they have inadequate sleep. However, did you know that you gain these benefits from proper sleep -

Physical Restoration & Immune Support

Sleep, which promotes healing and growth, allows the body to repair tissue and support muscle growth. The body releases cytokines (proteins) that help to regulate one’s immune system.

Cognitive Function

Sleep is vital and integral in learning, decision-making, memory, and problem-solving.

Mood Regulation & Hormonal Balance

Insufficient sleep can negatively impact one’s mood as it is vital in the regulation of emotions, as well as hormones that control one’s metabolism, appetite, stress levels, and sleep-wake cycles.

Lower the Risk of Cardiovascular Health

Consistent sleep, which reduces pressure and heart rate, aids in lowering one’s risk of hypertension, heart disease, and other cardiovascular issues.

Cellular Repair

Sufficient sleep helps support cellular repair, likely contributing to better health.  

Detoxifies the Brain

The system that removes toxins and waste products from the brain is more active during sleep.

Promoting Good Sleep Hygiene

It is extremely important to maintain consistent sleep patterns as this helps to regulate your circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycles). When balanced, your body’s natural internal clock encourages better sleep quality and improved overall well-being.

To promote proper sleep hygiene – which generally means 7-9 hours of nightly sleep, try to maintain a routine or schedule and –

  • Have a comfortable environment in which to sleep.
  • Manage stress.
  • Avoid stimulants before sleep.
  • Seek help for those sleep problems that do not go away or worsen.

Call Columbia, SC’s Leading Sleep Consultants Today

For more information regarding techniques and methods to improve your sleep, contact Dr. Bogan, Dr. Herpel, or a member of our professional team at Bogan Sleep Consultants. We can be reached at 803-251-3093 or online.

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