The majority of people who make resolutions for the upcoming year include at least one about living a healthier lifestyle. To almost everyone, this means eating better and getting more exercise. It can be easy to ignore the fact that the amount of sleep you get directly impacts your health and your body’s ability to function.

To get the most out of your efforts to be healthier this coming year, help your body perform to its potential by getting the rest you need. Check out these ways sleep can impact your body’s performance and let it motivate you to get a mattress that provides you with the best sleep possible.

Delayed Central Nervous System

When your brain is tired, it takes longer to send certain signals to your body. For example, if you try to play basketball after a poor night’s sleep, you will most likely miss more shots and have a slower reaction time. For anyone trying to play sports as a means to be more physically active and healthy, not getting enough sleep can result in poor performance and even injury.

Weak Immune System

While you sleep, your immune system produces the substances it needs to fight off infections. Without the proper amount of sleep, your body can’t build up enough of these substances to combat the viruses and bacteria you’ll face throughout the day. That means a lack of sleep can put you at a much higher risk of illness. Once you’re sick, not getting enough sleep can also slow down your recovery time.

Impaired Digestive System

Leptin and ghrelin are hormones that control when your body feels full and hungry. While you sleep, your body reduces the amount of ghrelin it produces and increases the amount of leptin so you don’t feel as hungry. If you aren’t sleeping well, the production levels of those hormones are reversed, causing you to snack at night and even eat more while you’re awake. When you’re tired, you’re also much less likely to exercise.

Your body releases more insulin when you’re awake, so not getting enough sleep results in an excess amount of it in your system. The more insulin in your body, the more likely you are to store fat cells. This means a lack of sleep can cause you to eat more and store the extra food as fat.

Confused Endocrine System

Your endocrine system, responsible for producing all the hormones in your body, depends on sleep to function properly. Hormones allow your body to perform actions such as:

  • Repair cells
  • Build muscle mass
  • Grow normally

A lack of sleep can keep your body from repairing the muscles broken down during exercise and prevent muscle growth. All the effort you put into exercise is not used efficiently when you’re not getting the sleep your body needs to grow and repair itself.

Rest and Relax enthusiastically encourages a healthy lifestyle. The proper diet and the right amount of exercise are the key components to being the healthiest version of yourself. In order to get the most out of your resolutions to eat and exercise properly, start by getting the sleep your body craves. Stop by one of our showrooms today and check out our lineup of top quality mattresses. With everything from luxury memory foam to the new Purple beds, we have the mattress you need to make your New Year’s resolutions a reality this year.