In making preparation to go on holiday life can seem frantic. You’ve been dreaming of an opportunity to come to paradise for far longer than you could imagine. But now it’s really happening. You have made up your mind with a defiant, “I’m going to Thailand”. Once you’ve past the point of decision making now it is time for preparation. You felt the stress of finally having the courage to make this dream come to a reality. You exhale as you imagine everything playing out perfectly on this holiday. Suddenly this list scrolls through the recesses of your mind because you want to ensure a perfect trip. You want to stay in the most comfortable accommodations, tan on some of the most majestic beaches on the planet, watch the sunset as you recline in a hammock overlooking the Andaman sea, trek with the elephants, walk up the steps of the Buddhist temples where monks have gone before the sun ever arose to make their morning merits. You may want to go scuba diving, rock climbing or trekking into the remote jungles to see what no man has seen before. Maybe a bit of nightlife adventure stirs within in your mind and you chugging down some of Thailand’s crafted beer; famous throughout the world. The adventurer in you is going crazy with excitement about the possibilities and the fun that awaits you. You’re enquiring with anyone and everyone about the dos and the don’ts of a country and culture you’ve never experienced. You find yourself unable to sleep at night because your mind is encompassed by plans and preparation. If you are not getting enough sleep, your body will not be able to rebuild itself and reenergize itself properly. Your body, namely you, will begin to suffer. Pay heed to the dangers of getting so wound up preparing to wind down.

How Lack Of Sleep Can Affect You

Here are a few symptoms that follow the lack of sleep:

  • Decreased efficiency and productivity; everything seems to require more effort
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Memory loss
  • Irritability
  • Lack of concentration and an inability to learn
  • Impaired judgment
  • Increased feelings of depression, apathy, irritability or aggression
  • Delayed reaction time
  • Exhaustion

Benefits Of Sleep

1. Heart Healthy

Sleep interacts with the blood vessels that keep blood pressure and cholesterol level, which play a role in heart disease and stroke

2. Curbs Cancer

Dark exposure increases the level of melatonin, a hormone that makes us sleepy and is thought to curb cancer. Melatonin appears to suppress the growth of tumors

3.  Stress Silencer

When your body lacks sleep, it goes into a state of stress then produces stress hormones. Stress hormones unfortunately make it harder for you to sleep. Sleep can help lower blood pressure and elevated levels of stress hormones. Sleep helps to slow these effects and encourages a state of relaxation

4. Inflammation Soother

Sleep lowers your stress hormones and reduces the level of inflammation in your body.  Inflammation is thought to be one of the causes of the deterioration of your body as you age

5. On your toes

Sleep simply allows you to feel rejuvenated and alert the next day.  Creating opportunity to have increased activity in your day. This in turn will increase your changes for yet another great night of zzz’s

6. Memory Maker

Researchers do not fully understand why we sleep and dream but a process called memory compiling occurs during sleep. While your body may be resting your brain is busy processing your day, making connections between events, sensory input, feelings and memories. Your dreams and deep sleep are an important time for your brain to make memories and connections.

7. Weight Reducer

Sleep helps regulate the hormones that affect and control your appetite. So if you are interested in controlling or losing weight, don’t forget to pay attention to getting a good night’s sleep

8. Nap Snap

Taking a nap can do a tremendous amount of good. This little break allows you to snap back in to action to continue your day. People who nap at work have much lower levels of stress. Napping also improves memory, cognitive function and mood

9. Depression Demolisher

Sleep impacts many of the chemicals in your body, including serotonin.People with a deficiency in serotonin are more likely to suffer from depression. Lack of sleep impacts your serotonin levels, as well as increasing the chance for mood swings and agitation when awake. Continued lack of sleep can become a chronic problem which can lead to long-term mood or emotion disorder such as depression or anxiety

10. Body Rebuilder

Sleep is a time for your body to repair damage caused by stress and other harmful exposures. Your cells produce more protein while you are sleeping. These protein molecules provide the building blocks for healthy cells to form, allowing them to repair damage

Your time spent in preparation is as equally important to the way you will enjoy your time in the “Land of Smiles”. Let sleep be a part of your dreaming and your planning. Then simply rest.

by Zina Docto

Zina is the founder of “i AM WOMAN”: Educating woman to discover their health and beauty from the inside out: overcome weight issues, sickness and disease.

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