The Surprising Health Benefits of Sleep

We need sleep to protect our physical and mental health
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We need sleep to protect our physical and mental health. It helps our brains recharge, enhances our quality of life and supports growth and development.

Sleep is the way in which our brain prepares for the next day. According to research, a good night sleep improves learning, it helps heal and repair your heart and blood vessels, reduces your risk for obesity and helps maintain a healthy immune system.

Sleep deprivation is a common side effect of lack of sleep. It may result in increased blood pressure, impaired concentration, weight gain, depression, aging and forgetfulness.

The secrets to your best night sleep – reduce your caffeine intake, don’t eat too close to bedtime, cut out alcohol and avoid looking at artificial light before bed.

Continue reading for the surprising health benefits of sleep.

 

1. Sleep reduces stress- According to research, many people have reported that their stress increases when their quality and length of sleep decreases. 37 percent of adults have reported feeling tired and fatigued due to stress and adults that slept less than eight hours a night reported higher stress levels than those individuals who slept at least eight hours a night.

2. Sleep aids in weight loss- Getting a good night sleep is essential for weight loss. Your body burns more fat while you sleep, you will be more likely to exercise because you are waking up with more energy and you will be in the right mindset to make better food choices. *See: 10 Health Risks of Obesity

3. Sleep helps boost your immune system- Sleep is very important to a properly functioning immune system. People who never get sick follow a bedtime routine and set a specific time to go to sleep. This helps them avoid sleep deprivation and the serious mental and physical health problems that follow. Tip: Try to go to sleep at the same time every night to set your body’s internal clock and boost the quality of your sleep.

4. Sleep improves your memory- According to the National Sleep Foundation, a healthy sleep helps put us in the right state of mind to take in information throughout the day. It helps us process and retain information over the long term and strengthens connections between brain cells and transferring information from one brain region to another.

5. Sleep makes you less likely to suffer from depression- Depression affects at least 20 million Americans, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Sleep problems such as insomnia and sleep apnea may contribute or cause depressive disorders. Also, inability to sleep that lasts over a long period of time may be a clue that someone is depressed.

6. Sleep helps your heart- Individuals who do not sleep enough are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, according to the National Sleep Foundation. They explain, “researchers understand that sleeping too little causes disruptions in underlying health conditions and biological processes like glucose metabolism, blood pressure, and inflammation.”

 

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