You know that sleep just makes you feel great, but its benefits go beyond preventing yourself from nodding off during the workday. It can help boost your mood and can even have lasting benefits on your heart health, your weight, mind, and your cells. It’s the wonder drug, minus the drug.
For as long as we can remember, we’ve been told to work, work, work. ‘No rest for the weary’ as they say. We learned we had to work hard to get ahead, and while that’s true to some extent, it’s taken a toll on us. Medical researchers have studied the benefits of sleep and what they’ve discovered may amaze you.
Help improve your memory. You wouldn’t believe how much your mind can accomplish while you’re catching up on your zzz’s. Your mind goes through a process of consolidation. In this process, it works out skills that we learned when we were awake. Their studies have shown that if you want to learn something, study it right before bed and while you’re asleep, your mind will process it and help lock it in.
If you suffer from lack of sleep, we already know that it’s associated with a shorter lifespan. If you sleep too much, that too can also shorten your lifespan, but if you sleep the right amount of time- the recommended hours of sleep- you could prolong your life.
Getting proper rest can also reduce inflammation in your body. Inflammation is directly linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, premature aging, and arthritis. People who get six or fewer hours of sleep have been shown to have higher levels of inflammatory blood proteins in their bodies.
Did you know that sleep can spark creativity? Sleep consolidates memories, or makes them stronger. Your brain reorganizes and restructures your memories which leads to more creativity.
It can also increase your stamina and improve your game. Good sleep = better sports performance.
Getting enough sleep can also improve your school performance.
Prevent you from overindulging in sweets or fattening foods. That leads to improved weight.
It will lower your stress levels and erase irritability.
It will make you more alert and lessen the probability of you having accidents on the road.
By Sarah Wester