I am totally that person who cannot start watching a movie after 8pm if I want to see the end of it. I’m a real, ‘early-to-bed’ type of girl. And I have no shame in admitting that. My normal bed time is around 10.30pm, though if I had my way (and didn’t have a 9-5 job where the evenings are the precious hours where I do things I actually want to do!) then I would probably prefer a bed time of around 9.30-10pm.
The boyfriend just doesn’t get it. He’s a real night owl, who regularly ends up falling asleep around 2am. Madness.
I never used to put much importance on sleep. When I was younger, I used to think it was super cool to stay awake as long as you could, bed times were for babies!
But then, when I was 14, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. When I was at my worst, I would spend around 18 hours a day asleep. But enough on that.
Since then, quality sleep has been a big priority of mine. I want to wake up in the morning and jump out of bed! (or at the very least not hate waking up.)
Sleep provides so many health benefits. Here are just a few:
- It protects your metabolism, a lack of sleep can cause your metabolism to slow down drastically according to a study. Make sure you spend a little more time in the land of nod, and do your waistline a favour! A loss of sleep has also been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. (Read the full report here)
- Your skin will glow! When you are tired, your blood flow is less efficient, and your face creams can only do so much! Increased blood flow means more glowy skin! (want more glowy skin on your body too? Check out my post on body brushing here!)
- You are less likely to get ill. If you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system will be suppressed. Even a short term loss of sleep is enough to kick your ass! The reason for this, is that the disease fighting substances in our bodies are created while we sleep. No sleep= No super ninja disease fighting warriors. (To read more on how sleep affects your immune system, read here)
- You’ll be in a better mood! Now this one, is an obvious one! But maybe one you might not think about when it’s midnight, and you absolutely must watch the next episode of OITNB! Go to bed at a reasonable hour, and notice how much happier you feel in the morning! No brainer really. Piper will be waiting for you tomorrow!
These are just a few benefits, but I hope you found this useful!
Let’s all be a little kinder to ourselves, and give our bodies the respect they deserve. Give yourself the gift of a good nights rest. I promise, you’ll see a difference!
As I’m writing this, it’s Saturday morning, 7.30am and I feel great! What time did you go to sleep last night? How do you feel today?
Want proof that I’m blogging first thing in my jammies? Here’s the most beautiful selfie you will ever lay your eyes on. Gisele and Heidi got nothing on me. #IWokeUpLikeThis