I want to try a new series on the blog called Self-care Sunday, where I pick a topic relevant to self-care and delve into it. Today I want to cover how sleep is an act of self-care.
Sleep is absolutely vital to your well being (mental and physical) and there are a number of studies that show what happens to our bodies when we don't get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can put you at an increased risk of developing chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease. There are some studies that suggest that lack of sleep actually changes how some parts of your brain functions. So lack of sleep will cause you to not be able to make good decisions. Physically not getting enough sleep is detrimental; while we sleep is the time for our bodies to repair. Not giving your body enough time to repair and refresh can weaken your immune system and your body won’t be equipped to fight off infections.
I write all of this to say I know our lives get busy and sleep is something we sometimes forgo in the name of getting things done but in the long run that will cause more harm than good. We only get one body and we have to care for it as best we can. Sleep is just one way we honor our bodies and care for them. Are you all getting enough sleep? Do you think getting enough is an act of self-care? Let me know in the comments!