March is Sleep Awareness Month, so it’s a good time to remind ourselves why sleep is so important. Sleep has vital functions for our well-being, and when we ignore it, we’re at risk for some major issues.
Sleep Affects Brain Health
If you’ve ever had a few late nights in a row, you know what happens. You start to feel sluggish. You have trouble remembering things. Your reactions are slower. Tasks that are normally a cinch seem difficult.
That’s because sleep is the time when your brain prepares for the next day by committing short-term memory to long-term memory. Sleep also helps our problem-solving skills by forging pathways in the brain that can help us make new connections.
If we skip rest, we miss these benefits. On top of that, we suffer a range of other symptoms: difficulty making decisions, trouble controlling our emotions, and lowered impulse control. These symptoms are exacerbated in children and teens, and prolonged sleep deprivation has been linked to depression.
Sleep Affects Our Bodies
On top of our mental health, sleep also plays an important role in how our bodies function. For our bodies, rest is involved with in healing and repair. That includes not only our muscles but also the heart and blood vessels. So in that respect, our lives literally depend on getting a decent amount of shut-eye.
Sleep is also involved in regulation of hormones that control appetite, fat storage, growth, the immune system and more. If you’re skimping on sleep, you’re likely not feeling as well as you could.
Lastly, sleep reduces inflammation in the body, which is a huge factor in reducing flare-ups for most chronic illnesses. If you deal with a chronic illness, you absolutely need to make getting at least 8 hours of sleep a priority.
Take Care of Your Health at Infusion Express
If IV infusions are a part of your health plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at Infusion Express. Infusion Express makes it possible for you to get your treatment and engage in self-care with a spa-like environment and the comforts of home at any of our offices. You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date! It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.
We’re invested in helping you live your best life, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations. If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.