We all know that life can get hectic. Sometimes it feels as though there is never enough time in the day, and sleep becomes your last priority. Unfortunately, when you don’t get enough sleep, it’s your health that pays the price.

Just like exercising and eating right, getting enough sleep is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Here’s a few reasons why:

It improves your immune system. Skipping hours of sleep could leave you more vulnerable to colds or other viruses going around. Getting sick reduces your productivity, and just isn’t fun at all.

It can help with chronic pain. Chronic pain can make it difficult to sleep, but with the support from your PT to help you recover from your injuries, sleeping may come easier. Sleeping is important because your body needs a moment to relax and heal.

It makes you less prone to injuries and accidents. Getting enough sleep each night keeps your mind alert and awake during the day. You are less likely to make mistakes when you’re not fatigued. Getting a full night’s rest keeps your mind from getting fuzzy or easily confused.

It helps you avoid overeating. If you are feeling tired throughout the day, you are more likely to snack more between meals because you are trying to fuel your body. Of course healthy snacking throughout the day is encouraged – but overeating can be harmful to your health.

It helps with inflammation. According to Health Magazine, people that get less than 6 hours of sleep per night “have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more.” Inflammation is linked to illnesses such as heart disease and arthritis.

It supports growth and development, especially in children and teens. Sleep helps release the hormones that promote growth in children and teens. The same hormones help with boosting muscle mass and repairing tissues. Encourage your kiddos to get plenty of sleep, as well.

In simpler terms, get some shut-eye and stay healthy!