Thinking about skipping your sleep for something better? Think again! A new documentary called Sleepless in America is shedding light on how sleep affects and impacts every part of our life, especially when we’re not getting enough of it!
Like food, water, and breathing, sleep is a basic human function that we can’t live without. Sleep helps recharge us, but even more than that, it helps our brain function properly and gives our bodies a way to recover from everyday stressors in life. Emotions, decision making, and how we interact with others can be impacted a great deal when we’re not getting enough sleep or if our sleep is insufficient. Without sleep, we lose the ability to concentrate and our mood swings can fluctuate widely.
Another big reason to get enough sleep can be linked to our growing waistbands. Yep, lack of sleep can cause us to gain weight. In fact, if you’re sleepy and you find yourself loading up on junk food like candy or soda, there might be a biological reason for that. Scientists have found a direct link between our ability to resist unhealthy foods and not getting enough sleep. When you’re sleepy, you might find yourself reaching for cookies and ice cream a little too often.
Bad sleeping habits have also been linked to mental illness. In fact, a recent study shows that our emotional reactions to traumatic events are increased when we lack sleep. In a typical therapeutic setting, at least fifty percent of patients and often upwards of eighty percent report that poor sleeping habits affect them. Problems with sleep are generally related to such mental illnesses as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
Long-term, sleep deprivation can also lead to scary illnesses and diseases like heart disease. If your body isn’t getting enough sleep it becomes more prone to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, hypertension, and depression. If you’re dozing off while trying to complete common tasks like driving or reading, it might be time to talk to your doctor to make sure your sleep habits are healthy.
There are steps you can take to increase your chances of a good night’s sleep. Setting a regular bedtime and wake time and sticking to both, even on the weekends, is a great place to start. You should also make sure that if you’re tired during the day and need a nap, you take one in the daytime instead of sleeping in later the next morning.
You should also make sure you’re comfortable and cozy for a good night’s sleep. This means making sure your room is a comfortable temperature and that you’re wearing pajamas that aren’t uncomfortable or heavy. You could try our Footed Funzee! They’re available in several styles and breathable fabrics, including cotton or fleece.
If you’re not in the mood for feet restricting pajamas, try something different. Our Unhooded Pajama Suits are offered in the same styles as some of our best-selling Funzees, like the Festival Style Funzee and the Retro Style Funzee. Whichever Funzee you decide on, you’ll be secure in the knowledge that they’re the best quality and most affordable. The good night’s sleep you’ll be getting is just a bonus!