We all know sleep is a necessity. Yet, this essential part of our body’s restorative process has been an often overlooked and underrated factor within our lives. Amid hectic lifestyles, most people are quick to cut down on it or even go without sleep, thinking they’ll be able to make up for it again later.
Whether you know it or not, there are 5 Big Benefits of Getting a Good Night’s Rest:
• Sleep is a stress reducer. Today’s chaotic lifestyles cause more lack of sleep than ever. People lay awake thinking of bills, work, and other issues. This inhibits the body’s ability to sleep and can elevate stress hormones as a result of living a hectic lifestyle. Sleeping enough can even reverse the unhealthy damages caused by too much stress.
• Sleep helps your body repair itself. Your body mends at a molecular level while you sleep by producing much-needed protein cells. Getting good sleep allows your body to repair the stresses from bacteria, sicknesses, infections, sun damage, stress and all kinds of things.
• Sleep helps your heart work properly. Keeping your heart and cardiovascular system healthy is one of the benefits of getting enough rest. Lack of sleep is linked to heart disease, many cardiovascular problems such as asthma and sleep neap, and even strokes or cardiac arrest. Lower your risk of heart problems with a restful night’s sleep.
• Sleep can help control metabolism. Research has shown that sleep deprivation causes abnormal hormonal imbalances that can make you hungrier more often. Because you are awake, your tummy might growl and lead to late-night cravings (of the naughty kind). If you get the midnight munchies, be prepared to suffer the consequences of possible weight gain.
• Sleep helps you think clearly. Finding it difficult to concentrate at work or during the day after not getting enough sleep? That’s because your brain is foggy and only half awake. Symptoms may include difficulty in concentration, half-hearing conversations (lessons or work directions, too) and could make you more forgetful. When you sleep well, your brain restores itself and organizes those things you’ve seen, heard or learned throughout the day. Your memory will become sharper. One of the great benefits of sleep is that it allows your brain to better process new experiences and knowledge.
If you are not getting sound sleep, there are a number of potential reasons for this. You may need to relearn or adjust your habits, starting with the exploration of new ways to relax and put your mind into a tranquil state. There are certain foods and beverages you should avoid eating too late, such as those high in sugar, caffeine, and with other toxic ingredients. If your mind is simply racing because of problems you are facing, then you will need to evaluate internal and external influences. Simple things, such as avoiding computer screens and TV too late, can help you sleep better.