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3 reasons to improve your sleep quality

Hey, hey! How are you guys? I know, I’ve been away for a while because, well, I’ll say it as it was – I was close to a burnout. I tried to get back on my feet a couple of times but it didn’t go too well and I took a bigger breask than the one planned.

Let’s just say my motivation was down the drain and every time I tried to get back on track I got nowhere. The funniest part? Me posting on Instagram how I am back, motivated and focused and then vanishing for several weeks. I know, I know – not very reliable. But the truth is, whatever I post on Instagram, life isn’t always flowers and music. I am tired af.

Somehow I suddenly remember about the best sleep I ever had- a few months back, in Amsterdam, in a Kimpton de Witt. Why? What does sleep have to do with this? Well, along with nutrition and exercise, good sleep is one of the pillars of health and wellness. The quality and lack of sleep affects us in ways I wasn’t aware and I will share a couple of them below.

//RO

Hey! Ce mai faci? 

Stiu, am disparut o vreme buna. Dar am un motiv- am fost destul de aproape de o epuizare destul de urata. Am incercat sa revin de cateva ori, dar fara un rezultat asa ca am decis sa iau o pauza mai serioasa. Recunosc fara nici cea mai mica problema ca mi-am pierdut motivatia si ori de cate ori am incercat sa fac ceva… nu prea am avut succes. Cel mai amuzant moment a fost acela cand am postat pe Instagram ca “I’m back” dupa care am disparut cateva saptamani. Adevarul este ca viata nu e tot timpul asa faina si perfecta cum pare in feedul meu.  Adevarul este ca sunt obosita. Destul de tare. Si asta ma face sa imi aduc aminte de Amsterdam, de hotelul Kimpton de Witt si de cel mai bun somn pe care l-am avut de ceva vreme. De ce iti povestesc despre somn? Pentru ca, alaturi de nutritie si exercitiul fizic, somnul este unul dintre cei 3 piloni ai sănătății.

Calitatea si lipsa somnului ne afecteaza in moduri de care nu eram constienta asa ca vreau sa le impartasesc si cu voi.

Physical Health

Sleep plays an important role in the physical health. On the long run, sleep deficiency goes hand in hand with heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. There are multiple researches that prove all above. There’s also evidence to suggest that getting a good night’s sleep can help a person consume fewer calories during the day.

 If we take a look at the National Sleep Foundation, adequate sleep for adults is between 7 and 9 hours a night, and athletes may benefit from as many as 10 hours. Accordingly, sleep is as important to athletes as consuming enough calories and nutrients. Sleep helps the body repair, regenerate, and recover. The immune system is no exception to this relationship. If you often get colds, ensuring that you get at least eight hours of sleep per night could be very helpful.

Other benefits include: better performance intensity, more energy, better coordination, faster speed and better mental functioning.

You are not you when you aren’t sleeping enough.

//RO

Somnul joacă un rol important în sănătatea fizică. Pe termen lung, deficiența de somn duce la boli de inimă, hipertensiune arterială, diabet și accidente vasculare cerebrale. Există multiple studii care dovedesc toate cele enumerate mai sus. Există, de asemenea, dovezi care sugerează că un somn bun poate ajuta o persoană să consume mai puține calorii în timpul zilei.

Fundația Națională a Somnului spune ca un somn adecvat (pentru adulți) este între 7 și 9 ore pe noapte, iar sportivii pot beneficia de până la 10 ore. Somnul ajută organismul să se repare, să se regenereze și să se recupereze. Sistemul imunitar nu face excepție. Dacă esti racit des, incearca sa dormi cel puțin opt ore, s-ar putea sa te ajute.

Alte beneficii includ: performanța mai buna, mai multă energie, coordonare mai buna, o viteză mai mare și o mai bună funcționare mentală. Adevarul este ca nu ești tu când nu dormi suficient.

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Emotional intelligence and mood boost

I think I said before, but I’m becoming some sort of monster when I don’t sleep enough. I cannot cope with anyone and anything while I am sleep deprived. 

But this happens because sleep has links to people’s emotional and social intelligence. If you don’t get adequate sleep is more likely you will have issues with recognizing other people’s emotions and expressions.

Because while you sleep your brain processes your emotions. Your mind needs this time in order to recognize and react the right way. When you cut that short, you tend to have more negative emotional reactions and fewer positive ones. Sounds familiar?

Chronic lack of sleep can also raise the chance of having a mood disorder. One large study showed that when you have insomnia, you’re five times more likely to develop depression, and your odds of anxiety or panic disorders are even greater. So, take a step back and get a good night’s sleep before anything because you might need it more than you think.

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Cred că am mai spus asta, dar devin un fel de monstru când nu dorm suficient. Nu pot face față la nimic cat timp nu dorm cele 8 ore de care am nevoie.

Acest lucru se întâmplă deoarece somnul are legătura stransa cu inteligența emoțională și socială a oamenilor. Dacă nu dormi adecvat, este mai probabil să ai probleme cu recunoașterea emoțiilor altor persoane.

Pentru că în timp ce dormi creierul îți procesează emoțiile. Mintea ta are nevoie de această pauza pentru a recunoaște și a reacționa corect. Când reduci aceasta pauza, ai tendința să ai mai multe reacții negative și mai puține pozitive. Sună cunoscut? Lipsa cronică de somn poate crește, de asemenea, șansa de a avea schimbari bruste de dispozitie… Un studiu important a arătat că atunci când suferi de insomnie, ai șanse de cinci ori mai mari să dezvolți o depresie, iar șansele de anxietate sau tulburări de panică sunt și mai mari. 

Asa ca, ia o pauza si da-i somnului importanta pe care o are.

Daytime performance and safety

Getting enough quality sleep at the right times helps you function well throughout the day. People who are sleep deficient are less productive. They take longer to finish tasks, have a slower reaction time, and make more mistakes.

I remember my freelancing days when I used to turn my nights into days. I used to work three times harder and with half of the result. Because it turns out that after several nights of losing sleep -even a loss of just 1–2 hours per night- your ability to function suffers as if you haven’t slept at all for a day or two. Imagine what a few years can do to your body and brain.

Lack of sleep also may lead to microsleep. Microsleep refers to brief moments of sleep that occur when you’re normally awake without actually being aware of it.

You can’t control microsleep and it can be super dangerous. Did you ever get to a destination and don’t remember how you got there in the first place? You might have been microsleeping. Imagine micro sleeping while driving. Not fun.

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Un somn de calitate, la orele corecte te ajută să funcționezi mai bine pe parcursul zilei. Persoanele care au o deficiență de somn sunt mai puțin productive. Diverse task-uri dureaza mai mult, timpul de reacție e mai lent și se fac mai multe greșeli.

Îmi amintesc zilele mele de freelancing, când obișnuiam să-mi transform nopțile în zile. Am lucrat de trei ori mai mult si rezultatul nu a fost deloc cel asteptat. Lipsa somnului poate duce și la micro somn sau somn local. Faptul ca uneori “ne pierdem capul” si uitam unde am pus cheile sau nu ne amintim unde aveam fixata o anumita intalnire, are o explicatie stiintifica. Micro somnul se referă la scurte momente de somn care au loc când esti treaz.

Din pacate nu poti controla acest lucru. Singura solutie de a preveni somnul local si implicit momentele in care suntem imprastiati este odihna. Cele opt ore de somn sunt esentiale pentru a fi performanti atat la locul de munca, cat si in alte situatii cotidiene.

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Sleep is a vital, often neglected, component of every person’s overall health and well-being. Sleep is important because it enables the body to repair and be fit and ready for another day. Unfortunately there’s no cheating out of it and you have to give your body the rest it needs. 

Somnul este o componentă vitală, adesea neglijată, a sănătății și stării generale de bine a fiecărei persoane. Somnul este important, deoarece permite corpului să se recupereze și să fie  gata pentru o altă zi. 

XO Stories of a Brunette

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