In this busy world we are living in, sometimes it’s hard to get enough hours of sleep. Work, social life, and other everyday obligations can keep us up late or even for the entire night.
Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. …
According to scientists, the average adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. To a busy person, sometimes sleep seems like a wasted time but in reality, a good night’s sleep has many benefits, both physical and emotional.
Here are some health benefits researchers have discovered about a good night’s sleep.
1. Better Mood
Since sleep helps with your health, both physical and mental and boosts your productivity, creativity, and memory, your overall mood will be better than usual. You will have more energy to do things you enjoy.
Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just to your mood or banishing under- eyes. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and a benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.
2. Helps with Depression and stress
When it comes to our health stress and sleep are nearly one and the same and both can affect cardiovascular health. “Sleep can definitely reduce levels of stress, and with that people can have better control of their blood pressure.”
“It’s also believed that sleep effects cholesterol levels, which plays a significant role in heart disease.” Depression and sleep disorders are linked according to scientists. Sleep disorders can cause depression and depression can cause sleep disorders. Research has shown that maintaining a steady sleep schedule can help with avoiding depression.
3. Memory improvement
Have you ever read something before you go to bed and the next morning you remembered it perfectly? Sleep is responsible for that. During the night, while your mind is resting, information is being transferred from one region of the brain to another.
If you try to memorize something, the best thing you can do is read it before you go to bed. Your mind is surprisingly busy while you snooze. During sleep, you can strengthen memories or “practice” skills learned while you were awake (it’s a process called consolidation).
4. Skin Health and prevention of inflammation
Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Research indicates that people who get less sleep six or fewer hours a night have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more. We all heard the famous “beauty sleep” phrase.
It’s actually truer than you think. While you’re sleeping and your body is shut down, your cellular tissues are repairing. New skin cells replace the old ones which lead to fewer wrinkles, less acne, and a healthier look on your skin. In addition, lack of sleep can lead to dehydration of the skin.
5. Improve weight and health
If you are thinking about going on a diet, you might want to plan an earlier bedtime too. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat—56% of their weight loss than those who were sleep deprived, who lost more muscle mass.
Dieters in the study also felt more hungry when they got less sleep. “Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain,” Dr. Rapport says. “When you are sleepy, certain hormones go up in your blood, and those same hormones drive appetite.”
When you don’t have a good night’s sleep, you feel tired and out of energy. So you tend to eat more in an effort to replace this energy you are missing. Also, it’s possible that due to poor sleep you will feel too tired and you will be tempted to skip your workout.
6. Improves your grades and productivity
Children between the ages of 10 and 16 who have sleep-disordered breathing, which includes snoring, sleep apnea, and other types of interrupted breathing during sleep, are more likely to have problems with attention and learning, according to a 2010 study in the journal Sleep.
This could lead to “significant functional impairment at school,” the study authors wrote. In another study, college students who didn’t get enough sleep had worse grades than those who did.
After a good night’s sleep, you feel rested both in body and mind. You are more productive in whatever it is you deal with.
You will make better decisions and refocus faster after a distraction. Also, you will make fewer mistakes in your job.
7. Fast Healing
There is a reason doctors suggest resting when you are ill. While you’re sleeping, your body finds the time to repair and restore any damage that might have been done during the day, so it can help heal you faster. When you are sick, your body is wasting a lot of energy in trying to heal. When you sleep, you give your system the opportunity to focus on that healing.
8. Live Longer
Research has shown that people that have a steady sleep schedule are at less risk of suffering from various health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or cancer. In addition, long-term sleep deprivation can have negative effects on your overall health and make you vulnerable to disease
Too much or too little sleep is associated with a shorter lifespan although it’s not clear if it’s a cause or effect. (Illnesses may affect sleep patterns too.) In a 2010 study of women ages 50 to 79, more deaths occurred in women who got less than five hours or more than six and a half hours of sleep per night.
Sleep also affects the quality of life.
“Many things that we take for granted are affected by sleep,” “If you sleep better, you can certainly live better. It’s pretty clear.”.