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Why sleep isn’t a luxury: Why we need sleep

Earlier this year, launched a Sleep Coaching program offering individuals the opportunity to work cooperatively with our team.  This 4 week program provides you with an opportunity to address your sleep concerns and identify the most appropriate pathway to improve your sleep.    One key component of our program is to help people honestly answer the question, “What is the true value of sleep?” 


There’s obviously a lot about sleep in the news - Taking control in the midst of Covid-19, Sleep and your health, how teenagers are on a different sleep cycle, sleep and aging healthfully.  Yet sleep impacts almost every part of our life. So let’s get down to some facts.


The most important thing that the Beddr team wants you to know is that sleep is not a luxury. Here in the United States, we’re more apt to treat lack of sleep as a badge of honor, rather than respect the value of a good 7 - 9 hours a night.


Sleep is critical to many aspects of our well-being including weight management. Research has found that if people lack sleep they will often eat more calories. The NIH specifically notes:  “sleep deprivation alters appetite-regulating hormones and increases caloric intake.” Lack of sleep further impacts our weight because of the changes it leads to in fat and glucose metabolism which can lead to obesity. Other weight related issues can arise with changes in glucose and lipid metabolism due to poor sleep.

Sleep is one of the four pillars of health (Nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and sleep). We believe sleep is the most foundational as it affects each of the others.  For reference look at how changes in your lifestyle have been affected by the coronavirus shutdowns and how your sleep has been impacted. For some of you the associated stress you felt may have negatively impacted how you sleep. While for others the additional sleep you’ve been getting has provided additional daily energy and led to more physical activity. However, it’s important to remember that although has responded uniquely SLEEP remains an essential tool for overall positive well-being. Below are a few examples.

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Sleep is critical to many aspects of our well-being including weight management. Research has found that if people lack sleep they will often eat more calories. The NIH specifically notes:  “sleep deprivation alters appetite-regulating hormones and increases caloric intake.” Lack of sleep further impacts our weight because of the changes it leads to in fat and glucose metabolism which can lead to obesity. Other weight related issues can arise with changes in glucose and lipid metabolism due to poor sleep.


Weight isn’t the only factor. Are you an athlete? Are you someone who just likes to walk around the neighborhood? You may notice a decrease in your athletic performance when you’ve had a poor night of sleep - and worse yet if your poor sleep persists over time. When it comes to sport, poor sleep leads to a decrease in cell regeneration. Sports teams around the world are looking to sleep as a true competitive edge. Why? Many people still have that mentality that they can “crush it” by simply pushing their bodies around the clock. Coaches and managers are recognizing that players and athletes getting good sleep and addressing all their sleep concerns are going to perform better. Even for non-professional athletes and people who like to do moderate levels of exercise can benefit from rest.

Lack of sleep can impact you as it relates to disease. Poor sleep is often linked to illness whether cardiovascular, type 2 diabetes, and many more. It’s one of the reasons your doctor may ask you questions about how many hours of sleep you’re getting a night or if you wake feeling rested. There’s a reason the link between sleep and disease is mentioned on the homepage for sleep that the CDC maintains. 

There are some factors that may feel more chicken and egg to you. Mental health is another area closely tied to sleep. Some wonder if their lack of sleep is due to issues such as depression, stress, or anxiety or if the lack of sleep is causing those. The reality is that a fragile balance exists between the two.

You may also find that on the days that you’re tired, it’s harder to remember things, or to be able to make connections between different ideas. Memory consolidation of information is the foundation for being able to retain and act on information. That’s literally how you have to make decisions every day, how you can react to news, or how you can learn. So if you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re going to find that you’re less able to retain key facts or make decisions easily.

Related to that, it’s crucial for sleep to clear out the toxins that build up in your brain during the day. If you don’t get much sleep, you’ll wake up a little foggy (this also includes other metabolic factors). It’s easy to joke about brain fog, but it’s another thing to suffer from it constantly.

While it’s evident that sleep is a requirement for overall health and wellbeing, it can be intimidating to address factors in your life preventing you from getting there. Beddr’s sleep coaching program is evidence-based and built by a team of sleep experts and leading sleep physicians. This program uses the SleepTuner to help measure your sleep and pairs you with a sleep coach for a four week program. This program will help you to examine the factors that may be preventing you from achieving your true sleep. The program is not about judging you for the reasons that you’re having a hard time sleeping, but to help you find what will work for you. Each coaching session is customized to your needs, whether it’s understanding the link between your mental health and sleep, evaluating your need for a physician consultation, or looking for tools to help you build habits to sleep better.

Published
June 9, 2020