How Sleep Can Improve Mindfulness and Overall HealthHow Sleep Can Improve Mindfulness and Overall Health

I have previously shared with you the five things you can do to find inner peace. But did you know that sleep also has a role to play in achieving and maintaining good levels of well-being?

Have a look at the areas in which sleep can affect mindfulness and overall health below:

1. Sleep can improve people’s level of awareness. The Huffington Post discussed the connection between healthy sleep habits and better cognition and awareness. Sleeping allows the brain to continue processing the knowledge it acquired during the day, and getting enough of it ensures that you are more creative and better equipped to handle challenges. Lack of sleep, on the other hand, prevents your neurons from forming new connections with each other, which can affect your ability to retain and process information.

2. Sleep affects a person’s ability to perform tasks. Sleep deprivation can also lead people to overestimate their abilities and slow down their reaction time, which is is one of the reasons why drowsy people are prone to accidents. A study by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine showed that the performance of cognitive-based tasks progressively declined for individuals who did not get enough rest, and their ability to respond to hazards and threats become impaired.

3. Sleep affects your ability to make memories. Leesa cites a study showing the effects of sleep loss on memories. People who don’t get enough rest are actually more likely to form negative memories than positive or neutral ones. From a holistic point of view, this means that sleep deprived people tend to be pessimistic. It will not only affect how they see life in general; it can have an impact on their relationships, as well as how they respond to life’s challenges.

4. Sleep affects emotional health. In relation, not getting enough rest can make you cranky, moody, and more likely to pick fights with people over things that you may normally not react to. It can also make you more prone to succumb to negative emotions during stressful situations. Another article here on Wellness with Moira talked about how people’s responses, and not the stressors themselves, determine how helpful or harmful stress can be. Not getting enough sleep shifts the odds towards the latter.

5. Sleep affects physical health. Research has shown that lack of sleep can exacerbate a number of serious health conditions, including heart and kidney disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It can also weaken your immune system and increases your risk of having a stroke.

6. Sleep affects mental health. On an equally concerning note, difficulty in sleeping increases a person’s risk of developing psychological conditions such as Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. Plus, if you have an existing mental issue, sleep loss might worsen your situation. While getting proper sleep may not resolve such disorders completely, ensuring that you get the recommended amount of sleep can go a long way in maintaining your current health status.

As you can see from these ideas, sleep is vital for health and leading a mindful and fulfilling life. This relationship is two-way: being mindful allows you to sleep better, while getting enough rest allows you to become more attuned to yourself and the world around you. Both, in turn, allow you to enjoy better health and well-being.


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