The Importance Of Sleep To The Human Body (Repairing The Body, Burning Calories)

Woman sleeping in state of REM sleep (photo illustration by Lorenza Walker)

Sleep is very important to the human body. The body needs sleep to function properly. It can be equated to charging a phone battery.

When the phone’s battery is at a lower percent, the unit begins sending out warning messages indicating there is not enough power for some of the phone’s components to function and therefore cannot be loaded for use (camera, video camera ect).

When the phone’s battery is at 100% it functions at its best. Just so humans function best when properly rested.

Some people go without proper sleep, stating they only need 2-3 hours per night. However, medical science has established the optimal number of sleep is 8-hours per night.

People who lack sleep make more mistakes at work and while driving. They are also less productive due to decreased energy levels. They become forgetful, irritable and error prone.

Sleep is vital to brain health. Scientific studies have shown a repeatedly lack of sleep can lead to brain damage over time.

Sleep is the body’s way of regenerating and repairing any and all damage that can be repaired through said bodily process.

While you sleep, your body also burns calories. Lack of sleep means the body burns less calories, which can lead to weight gain in men and women.

Lack of sleep also throws off a woman’s menstrual cycle. Frequently missing sleep can cause missed periods, when you should aim to keep your body’s functions as normal and regular as possible.

Lack of sleep can also be a hindrance when trying to get pregnant. Women who are trying to get pregnant must eat a balanced diet, drink an adequate amount of water each day, maintain a healthy body weight and get the proper amount of sleep each night.

Sleep quality is important as well. Sleep in a quiet, dark room. Turn off the television and computer/tablets. Make sure the light from your mobile phone is off as well, by putting it in sleep mode.

Taking a relaxing shower or bath before bed is also conducive to a good night’s sleep. When you feel relaxed and clean from the soap and water, your body is in a more tranquil state.

Do not watch or read distressing or disturbing items right before you go to bed, as it will create anxiety, toxic thoughts, negative sleep patterns and disturbing dreams.

Sleep gives your brain and heart a type of semi-rest, where the organs do not have to work as hard as when you are awake and on the go.

Case in point, when a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, a near fatal drowning or has complications during surgery that negatively impacts the heart and or brain, they are placed in a medically induced coma to stem the damage and give the body a chance to repair itself as best it can, via a very deep state of drug induced sleep.

Don’t dismiss the importance of sleep and the adequate daily amount of 8-hours. It is a necessary function that assists the body in daily recovery and the cells in maintaining proper working order in the system.

Spinach Is Very Good For The Heart

Spinach is very good for the heart. It is packed with vitamins and nutrients that aid in strengthening the heart (vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, K, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, among others).

Adding spinach to your meals on a regular basis improves your heart health (provided you are not eating very unhealthy foods on a regular basis, which clog the arteries).

For people recovering from heart problems, it is wise to follow your doctor’s prescribed regimen of medicine.

When you are able, it is wise to take light exercise, in accordance with the physical activity approved by your doctor, such as riding a stationery bike at a moderate speed, walking on a treadmill, ect. (very strenuous exercise can lead to a heart attack).

It is wise to avoid lifting heavy weights when you have heart problems, so as not to put too much strain on your heart, as it can lead to chest pains and a cardiac episode.

As you recover from health problems, such as a heart attack, it is wise to incorporate spinach into your diet. Spinach can be served as a side in a meal or included in the main dish.

For example, people recovering from heart attacks can add spinach to an egg white omelette or scrambled egg whites, which makes a great meal.

1.) Wash the spinach with water.

2.) Simply steam the spinach with sliced mushrooms in a pot of water for 5-minutes.

3.) Drain the water from the spinach and mushrooms.

4.) Place whisked egg whites in a small non-stick pan coated with a teaspoon of virgin olive oil, using a medium heat stove setting for cooking.

5.) While the egg whites are still runny (liquid) but beginning to become firm, place the spinach, mushrooms and half of a diced tomato in the middle of the egg whites.

6.)  If you are making scrambled egg whites, stir the mixture of whisked egg whites, spinach, mushrooms and half of a diced tomato in the non-stick pan, until cooked to desired consistency (approximately 1-minute cooking time).

If you are making an egg white omelette allow the mixture to cook for approximately 1-2 minutes without stirring, permitting it to solidify (become solid). Use a heat safe spatula to loosen the edges of the omelette from the pan as the mixture cooks.

7.) Using a heat safe spatula, remove the omelette or scrambled egg whites from the pan and serve on plate.

8.) If your doctor permits, you may add a small amount of salt substitute, a product that is sometimes recommended in hospital/doctor’s office cardiac diets (most salt substitutes do not taste good and have a very unnatural flavor, which makes one question its ingredients). If you are not permitted to eat salt (sodium), do not add it to the recipe.

You may also add black pepper, which is beneficial to the heart.