Rest is happiness
Routines, schedule changes, responsibilities, finances, work occupy an important space in our daily activity. When time is running out and agendas fill up, we try to make time by removing time for ourselves or for rest.
However, it should not be this way:
Better rest means less stress
Studies show a connection between stress and lack of sleep, with 40 percent of adults who say they sleep less than 8 hours and feel overwhelmed. Feeling stressed is the result of a chain of reactions in your brain.
The brain releases a hormone called CRH, which tells your pituitary gland to produce adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which tells your adrenal glands to release adrenaline and other stress hormones. To learn how to manage stress together with a good night sleep can stop this chain reaction.
Do you feel tired all the time?
Living your life makes you spend lots of energy, even when you do not realize it. While we are awake, our bodies are constantly using a chemical in our brain called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), resulting in the accumulation of adenosine. The more adenosine in your brain, the more sleepy you will feel. If you do not get enough sleep, your brain will not be able to remove adenosine, making you feel tired even when you are awake.
Furthermore, a recent study conducted at Loughborough University led by Jim Horne shows that women may need an extra of 20 minutes of sleep in comparison to men.
Pay attention to your amygdala
The amygdala is the emotional center of the brain, responsible for triggering your instincts. Do you feel fear, anger or stress? It is thanks to the amygdala. When your brain is well rested, your prefrontal cortex (the part of your brain that sits behind your front, responsible of personality, decision making, and most conscious thoughts) keeps your amygdala in check, so we have less mood swings.
But if you do not get enough sleep the prefrontal cortex can not work properly, which is bad for your mood. In fact, it can make you five times more likely to develop depression.
To follow a sleep routine
It is hard to specify a healthy sleep routine that works well for everybody. Circumstances, tasks and responsabilities are different for all of us.
That is why it is important to keep a healthy sleep schedule in which we left time for a good night sleep, as it is recommended in The Sleep Council.
Sleep just to be happy
According to the Sleep Foundation it is recommended to sleep from 7 to 9 hours per night for people between 18 and 64 years old. So if you need a reason to sleep tomorrow, now you have one; just to be happy.