11 Reasons To Get A Good Night’s Sleep
We all feel much better about life after a good night’s sleep, but the importance of sleep 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. As we go through busy patches in life, sleep can sometimes slip down in our list of priorities but although missing hours of sleep might feel like you’re saving time, you’re not actually doing yourself any favours. Here are some health benefits of getting a good night’s sleep.
1. Strengthen Memories
Your mind is surprisingly busy while you’re snoozing. During sleep you can strengthen memories or “practice” skills learned while you were awake (it’s a process called consolidation).
2. Liver Longer!
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 can also have a big effect on your quality of life.
3. Avoid Disease
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.
4. Be more creative
Get a good night’s sleep before getting out the easel and paintbrushes or the pen and paper. In addition to consolidating memories, or making them stronger, your brain appears to re-organise and restructure them, which may result in more creativity as well.
5. Improve physical performance
If you’re an athlete, there may be one simple way to improve your performance: sleep. A Stanford University study found that college football players who tried to sleep at least 10 hours a night for seven to eight weeks improved their average sprint time and had less daytime fatigue and more stamina. The results of this study reflect previous findings seen in tennis players and swimmers.