We frequently get submissions from our member physical therapists that are complete blog posts, rather than information that I’ll shape into a blog entry. Some of them are great. Some are not. And some just need a little help.
As any good editor knows, fixing the really bad pieces is usually easier than tweaking something that just needs a little polish. This piece by Maria (you can compare to the original here) fell into that category. It just needed some fine tuning, to improve readability and to fit into our brand’s writing style.
The importance of a good night’s sleep
In today’s world, there are so many demands on our time, pulling us in different directions. It’s often tempting to stay up late or to get up early just to get things done. So why is this bad for us?
Sleep gives our body the chance to maintain and repair our basic systems. Muscles, hormones, the brain and nervous system, the digestive tract — they all need a chance to recuperate from a hard day’s work. This is why a lack of sleep affects both our mental and physical health. It is associated with increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and system-wide inflammation. Lack of sleep can also affect our immune system, our cognitive abilities (i.e., our mental capacity), and our mood and mental health.