Everybody does love to sleep and it should be our top priority.
Sleep is extremely important. Getting enough sleep is essential for helping a person maintain optimal health and well-being. When it comes to their health, sleep is as vital as regular exercise and eating a balanced diet.
For instance, a study in the World Journal of Gastroenterology suggests a link between sleep deprivation and inflammatory bowel diseases that affect people’s gastrointestinal tract. According to the study, sleep deprivation can contribute to these diseases — and that these diseases, in turn, can contribute to sleep deprivation.
Here are the benefits of having a good slumber.
1. Enhance Concentration and Productivity
Getting an adequate and proper good night rest have linked to better concentration, productivity, and cognition.
In 2015, a study of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry showed that children’s sleep patterns can have a direct impact on their behavior and academic performance.
2. Better Appetite
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America says that sleep patterns affect the hormones responsible for appetite.
When a person does not sleep long enough, it can interfere with their body’s ability to regulate food intake correctly.
3. Better Physical Performance
A study by National Sleep Foundation found out that adequate sleep for adults is between 7 and 9 hours a night, and athletes may benefit from as many as 10 hours. Accordingly, sleep is as important to ENHANCE as consuming enough calories and nutrients.
Sleep is also when a lot of detoxification takes place so that your body can function optimally and helps regulate hormone production in the body.
This is not all that happens while we sleep, but it’s a good start and if these 3 things are not met, our health suffers.
4. Healthy Body
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting a satisfying good night rest allows the body’s blood pressure to regulate itself.
Lack of sleep also causes persistently high cortisol levels, which can cause a myriad of disorders, including:
- thyroid and metabolic dysfunction (blood sugar!)
- cognitive decline
- low serotonin levels ( resulting in depression, irritability, anxiety and carb cravings)
- weight gain
- inability to manage stress
- poor quality sleep
5. Improves Emotional Intelligence
And hey, sleep is a big help to people’s emotional and social intelligence. Lack of sleep is more likely to have issues with recognizing other people’s emotions and expressions.
The Journal of Sleep Research have studied that sleep can link to emotional stimuli. The researchers concluded, similarly to many earlier studies, that a person’s emotional empathy is less when they do not get enough slumber.
6. Prevents Anxiety and Depression
Sleep is very essential for our mental health.
A study appearing in JAMA Psychiatry examines patterns of death by suicide over 10 years. It concludes that lack of sleep is a contributing factor to many of these deaths. While on Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry suggests that people with sleep disorders such as insomnia are likely to show signs of depression.
7. Stronger Immune System
When we sleep, protein production takes place that provides the necessary building blocks for cell growth and repair.
Sleep helps the body repair, regenerate, and recover. The immune system is no exception to this relationship. Some research shows how better sleep quality can help the body fight off infection.
During sleep is always when the body recovers from stress damage, damage caused by ultraviolet rays, and immunity is boosted.
Signs of poor sleep quality include:
- Waking in the middle of the night.
- Still not feeling rested after an adequate number of hours sleep.
- Irritable and Sensitive
Some things a person can do to improve sleep quality are:
- Avoiding sleeping in when you have had enough sleep.
- Going to bed around the same time each night.
- Spending more time outside and being more active during the day.
Sleep is a vital, often neglected, component of every person’s overall health and well-being. Sleep is important because it enables the body to repair and be fit and ready for another day.
Getting adequate rest may also help prevent excess weight gain, heart disease, and increased illness duration.
Without sufficient rest the body is weakened, exposing us to greater risk of poor health. For just one night of missed or inadequate sleep is sufficient to make you as insulin resistant as a type 2 diabetic.
But how do you get better sleep?
It is important to identify why you can’t sleep. For severe sleep issues, this can take some time and perhaps some help from a practitioner and lab work, but it is well worth the investment in your health.
But one thing you can start now is to conform and train your body how to meditate and prepare for sleep. Getting your mind to calm down, to stop racing, and to relax is what we have to do in order to cultivate good sleep habits.
When it comes to sleep problems and stress, the ultimate “trigger” to your lack of sleep is your MIND. One of the best ways to get your mind to calm down and to become at peace is by throwing yourself into the cozy bed and pillows.