Have you ever perhaps wondered about the importance of good sleep? Healthy sleep should be prioritized. People who have the ability to keep healthy sleep, also have the ability to fulfill other health goals.
Healthy sleep means sleeping well, at the right place, right time, and right duration. This should not be brushed aside if you want to live healthily.
We must not take for granted that unhealthy sleeping habits can also affect one’s health.
American Heart Association has this to say about healthy sleeping “after last year dealing with many patients, we decided to add sleep to our cardiovascular health checklist.” This implies that sleep has a lot to do with our hearts.
This week, researchers presented preliminary findings about the benefits of sleep and how it can help you maintain other goals.
What did they find and what does it mean for you? Let’s take a look.
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The importance of good sleep
In this study, which hasn’t been published yet in a peer-reviewed journal, a group of adults was followed for a year as they were monitored for sleep health, adherence to a weight loss program, and physical activity.
All participants were either overweight or obese, but they were all healthy enough for dietary changes and exercise.
Initial findings suggested that people who got healthy sleep were more likely to attend group weight loss sessions, achieve their calorie goals, and spend time doing moderate-vigorous exercises.
Also, it relieves the body from stress, and also helps the brain relax.
It creates the right atmosphere for the mind and also helps the heart work well.
Dr. Daniel Luger a cardiologist and assistant professor at Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago told Healthline, “When we evaluate patients for their cardiovascular health, we start every intake with an assessment of sleep.”
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