It is not uncommon to read about connections between exercise or balanced diet with health and self-esteem. But researchers are urging we take a look at the third pillar of health: Sleep. Recent studies show just how important sleep is when evaluating self-image, value and worth.
Deep down inside, many of us value ourselves based on how others perceive us. But by depriving ourselves from the sleep we need, we are more likely to act gruff and forgetful. By getting too few hours of quality sleep, we are setting ourselves up to forget that acquaintance’s name… again.
Appearing more youthful and attractive? Yes, please. Chalk up another self-worth point for sleeping. As it turns out, beauty sleep is real. (Science says so.)
Weight gain and physical appearance have always been chained to self-esteem and worth. Though the answer is basic and a bit unremarkable, we now have a name for the magic weight management solution we’ve been coveting! And thy name is SLEEP.
Science and anecdotal evidence have long linked depression and troubles sleeping. But this new research is a bit like the chicken and the egg. Its findings suggest that instead of treating depression to stop the sleep disturbances, we should treat the sleep disturbance which in turn will improve the symptoms of depression! (Mind blown.)
During the process of evaluating ourselves, these three are heavy hitters. Our moral compass, ability to lead and empathy for others can be viewed as strong indicators of success. By striving for that quality sleep, we can better ourselves in the social situations that make up our lives.
Sleep is a basic human need — a crucial component of survival, much like breathing, eating a healthy diet or getting enough exercise. But it is not yet a mainstream topic. World Sleep Day is designed to raise awareness of sleep as a human privilege that is often compromised by the habits of modern life. To participate in World Sleep Day on March 17, 2017 or to learn more about quality sleep, visit worldsleepday.org.
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6. Dr. YK Wing (U. Hong Kong, China) will present new data on the added value of treating sleep disturbances in treatment-resistant depression at World Sleep 2017, a congress on sleep medicine occurring in October 2017.
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Originally published at medium.com