We usually give a lot of value to the food, physical activity, and psychological and emotional rest. Nonetheless, none of this will work if we do not offer the body sufficient and restful sleep.
What does enough sleep mean?The average number of sleeping hours must be between 7 and 8 hours.
What does restful mean?Enjoy every phase of sleep. This article explains each of these phases.
While we sleep, our body behaves differently than when we are awake. During sleep, we are stretched out, with our eyes closed, and the brain and musculoskeletal activity are different from what we have during the day before.
The sleeping process has 5 phases:
During sleep, these 5 phases are repeated. Ideally, they are not interrupted to achieve restful sleep since it is during the fulfillment of these phases that we get the body recovered from the effort of the whole day and regenerate the spent nutrients, cells, and neurotransmitters.
During sleep, we also repair the body organs from all the effort they have made during the day before. This repair is also carried out in phases and staggered, so it is also important to be able to sleep the recommended 7 or 8 hours. It is a way to give the body time to repair the different organs.
How to get a good rest?
The theory is very nice, but how do we get our body to be able to comply with these cycles of five phases during rest?
Different factors help us:
What will we get by sleeping these hours?
The general and most automatic response would be: BE OK, which is what we all want. But if we specify more, we will see other ways in which a good restful sleep helps us:
It is not necessary to go too far to realize the importance of sleeping enough hours. Surely we will get more out of one more hour of sleep than an email sent out of hours. Let's think about it!