INSIDE: There are an abundance of reasons why sleep is good for you, but these 5 reasons are some of the best! Read on to discover them now!
Not only is good sleep one of the most important determinants of how good your life itself will be, but a lack of sleep has been linked to a whole host of health issues you wouldn’t wish on anyone. From cardiovascular disease to depression, not having enough sleep can really ruin your day.
On the other hand, though, sleeping well can help you feel more active, creative, and cheerful during the day. There has been a lot of research done on the subject that touts those results - more sleep equals better productivity and less irritability.
One might say that these research results were expected, but wait till you hear about all the other health benefits scientists have discovered.
5 Reasons Why Sleep is Good For You
You may think you know why sleep is good for you, but I bet you didn't know all of these health benefits!
Be More Athletic
According to research, having enough sleep is vital to keeping up with your training and workout routines. Less sleep leads to fatigue and exhaustion that can really bring your performance down, both physically and mentally.
On the other hand, working out regularly can help you sleep better and fall asleep quicker, and things like cooling mattresses and the right sleep conditions can help even more. The last thing your body needs after a long day of working out is a mattress that traps all the heat and doesn’t let you sleep.
Consider that the secret to being a successful athlete isn’t pushing yourself to the limits every day at training, but taking care of your body and sleeping enough hours a day.
Sleeping Helps You Learn
Learning new things is easier when you sleep enough every night. Dr. Rapoport is an associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center, and this is what he told Health.com about learning while you sleep: "If you are trying to learn something, whether it’s physical or mental, you learn it to a certain point with practice, but something happens while you sleep that makes you learn it better."
If you want to learn something faster or deeper, make sure you’re getting enough sleep!
Helps With Weight Loss
Most people wouldn't expect it, but research at the University of Chicago discovered that people who slept regularly lost more weight than people who didn’t. Those who slept less also felt more hungry - which isn’t a good thing when you’re trying to shed some pounds.
So, if you want to lose more weight, try getting more sleep in addition to exercising and watching what you eat.
Be More Attentive
According to childmind.org, people who slept more were more attentive than those who slept less. A lack of sleep can result in ADHD like symptoms that most of us have experienced at one point or another. You know what it's like:
- We can’t focus on anything and our thoughts are either foggy or too fast for us to keep track of
- We have trouble understanding what people are saying or what we are reading.
Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
A healthy sleep schedule is crucial in regulating blood sugar levels during the night - and it may be one of the reasons you stay safe from diabetes and other health issues later in life.
There isn’t a set formula, but the latest research suggests that sleeping more than eight hours a day is pretty darn good for you. Maybe it's time to make it a priority in your life?
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