Better sleep can mean a better you! Our team at Calvert Smiles wants to help you sleep soundly all night long through methods and means that work with your body’s biology and promote optimal health. If you are wondering why getting a good night’s sleep is so important, read through the information on this page! And if you would like to schedule a consultation with our dentists in Dunkirk, Maryland, to discuss how your sleep can be enhanced, call 410-257-7200! Dr. Gena Schultheis and associates are looking forward to working with you.
How Can Sleep Improve Your Health?
Good sleep can improve multiple aspects of your health:
- More energy: Getting a good night of sleep can help you feel more awake and alert the next day, allowing you to complete your daily routine with the sharpness you need to be efficient.
- Weight control: Research suggests that people who sleep little at night are more likely to be overweight. This may be due to an imbalance in appetite-stimulating hormones that can be better regulated with adequate sleep.
- Decreased risk of heart disease and stroke: Lack of sleep may have a negative impact on blood pressure and cholesterol. Better sleep could relieve this strain on your body and heart.
- Lower stress: Your body needs sleep and may go into a state of stress when it is not getting enough. Sleep can help you relax and lower your blood pressure and stress hormones.
- Lower inflammation: Increased stress in the body due to lack of sleep can also create more inflammation in your body. This can lead to your body deteriorating at a quicker rate as you age.
- Better memory: Research suggests that our brains process our day while we sleep, making connections between feelings, events, senses and memories. Getting enough deep sleep is important for this process.
- Lower risk for depression: A lack of sleep can upset the production of chemicals in your body, including serotonin. A deficiency in serotonin increases your risk for depression.
- Enhanced body repair: While you are asleep and relaxed, your body is taking the opportunity to repair damage caused by stress, exposure to the sun and any injuries you might have. Your body increases protein production while you are asleep, which form the building blocks that help your cells repair damage.
To learn more about what a great night of sleep can do for you and to see how our dentists can help you sleep well again, give us a call!