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Why Is Sleep So Important?

March 13, 2018

 

One of the most underutilized methods of recovery and regeneration is adequate sleep. In this blog post I will discuss some of the key reasons a good night's sleep is critical for optimal physical condition and mental performance!

 

The key driver behind our sleeping pattern is an internally controlled pattern called a ‘Circadian Rhythm’.

 

The Circadian Rhythm is a 24 hour cycle that regulates our internal systems, highly influenced by external factors [1] - primarily daylight exposure - to allow our body to adapt as best as possible to the world around us. In relation to sleep all the external stimuli that surround us at almost any time of the day with the artificial lights in our homes and on our smartphones has been shown to have a negative effect on sleeping patterns. The primary way in which this artificial light reduces the quality of your sleep is by suppressing the production of melatonin - a hormone triggered by exposure to dark/light and critical to your ability to sleep well.

 

Negative effects of Poor Sleeping Habits

 

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