7 Health Benefits of Sleep: Why Sleep is Important and What Happens When You Don’t Get Enough

The National Sleep Foundation in celebrating its annual Sleep Awareness Week from March 11 to 17, 2018. This year’s theme “Begin with Sleep” highlights the importance of good sleep health for individuals to best achieve their personal, family, and professional goals. Of course, we definitely agree with this sentiment, so today we want to dive into the health benefits of a good night’s rest.

You need sleep to function. It makes you feel better in every way possible, and not just because it banishes your under-eye circles. Here are 7 health benefits you’ll get when you consistently get an adequate nightly rest!

It improves your memory

Did you know that your brain is actually really busy while you sleep? During sleep, you can strengthen memories or ‘practice’ skills learned while you were awake, this is a process called consolidation. This also works for studying – we don’t recommend staying up the entire night before a big exam to study, but instead study beforehand and get a good night’s sleep. That makes it way easier to remember what you studied.

Sharper Memory

It curbs inflammation

Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Research indicates that people who get less sleep (six hours or less) a night have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get seven hours or more every night.

Inflamed back ( image via freepik.com )

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It gets you 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 reorganize and restructure them, which can then result in more creativity.  Researchers at Harvard University and also Boston College found that people seem to strengthen the emotional components of a memory during sleep, like we mentioned above, and stronger mental structures can help strengthen your creativity.

Creativity

It ups your physical performance

You might’ve noticed this yourself. After a good sleep, running those miles or lifting those weights is a little easier than it normally is. The explanation is simple: when you sleep enough, you’re much more rested, and that means your body has more energy reserves. If you’re an aspiring athlete, snoozing might not be so bad after all!

Kettle Bell Workout

It helps you maintain a healthy weight

Those who don’t get enough sleep, have more sugar cravings and eat more in general.  So, 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 weight— than those who were sleep deprived, they lost more muscle mass.

Effective Weight loss

Decrease anxiety and depression

Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? Sleeping well should be on the top of your list, as a good sleep can really help you decrease your anxiety and depression. Emotional stability partly comes with a good sleep. Also, don’t think you can easily make up for the little sleep you get during the week on the weekends, you need to sleep enough on a very consistent basis to get the benefits.

Happy Smile

It sharpens your attention

This is especially true for kids. If kids don’t get enough sleep, they can actually start showing ADHD-like symptoms. They can’t concentrate, constantly walk around and don’t listen to what you tell them. For adults, a lack of sleep usually results in not being able to concentrate for longer periods of time while doing work or reading a book. This is especially true if you drive to work or school every day, getting a bad sleep is actually similar to having one or two alcoholic drink as far as your attention span goes.

Sharpens your attention

 

This Article Has 2 Comments
  1. Rebecca says:

    Hi Spacegirl! I agree with you, sleep is very important. We get sluggish when we lack sleep. And sleep is important to stay healthy.
    Is there a difference between night sleep and day sleep. Is getting sufficient hours of sleep during the day just as good as sleeping at night?
    There are some who works night shift, graveyard or early morning shift. So they have different sleeping hours than others. Sleeping 8 hours or + during the day,
    is that just as healthy as sleeping those hours at night?

    • Juicing Fan says:

      Hi Rebecca! I just wanted to give you a simplifiied version of the differnce between night sleep and day sleep…

      At nght, our bodies produces melatonin. It’s a sleep hormone that is responsible for recharging our bodies for the next day. Its process include production of growth hormones, cell recovery and eergy restoration. While sleepig through the day will go against our Circadian Rhythm and doesn’t help much with melatonin secretion. Sleeping during the day can only help to boost energy.

      Here’s a link to a study that can further explain some health hazards of working in the night:

      The Risks of Night Work

      Hope these can help.

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