SLEEP

Seeing I am feeling sleep deprived after a big weekend, I had the need to write about sleep.

The benefits of sleep impact nearly every area of daily life. Studies show that people who get the proper amount of sleep on a regular basis too generally live longer and live healthier lives than those who sleep too few or even too many hours each night.

There are so many benefits to sleep. The quality of your sleep directly affects the quality of your waking life, including your mental sharpness, productivity, creativity, emotional balance, physical vitality, and even your weight. No other activity delivers so many benefits with no effort!

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin production is controlled by light exposure. Your brain should secrete more in the evening, when it’s dark, to make you sleepy, and less tired during the day when it’s light and you want to stay awake and alert. So for better sleep, make sure your room is dark and that you do not watch too much television or go on your computer before you go to sleep as the light will suppress your Melatonin production.

The optimum amount of sleep to live a long healthy life is 7 hours sleep. It’s a good idea to go to bed the same time every night, and wake up at the same time each morning to get your body clock working for optimum sleep daily.

Sleep helps to repair your body

Your body produces extra protein molecules during sleep to help your body fight infection and stay healthy. Your immune system can then mend at a cellular level and when your body comes under stress or is exposed to compromising elements such as pollutants and bacteria your body can cope.

Sleep reduces stress

A good night’s sleep can help lower blood pressure and higher levels of stress hormones, which is a common thing that affects us in our fast paced lifestyle. Stress accelerates ageing and anger that then causes more health problems.

Sleep may reduce your risk of depression

Sleep impacts many of the chemicals in your body, including serotonin. People with a deficiency in serotonin are more likely to suffer from depression. You can help to prevent depression by making sure you are getting the right amount of sleep, between 7 and 9 hours each night.

Sleep helps control body weight issues

Sleep helps regulate the hormones that affect and control your appetite. Studies have shown that when your body is deprived of sleep, hormone balances are interrupted and your appetite increases.

Sleep helps keep your heart healthy

Your cardiovascular system is constantly under pressure and sleep helps to reduce the levels of stress and inflammation in your body. Sleep can also help keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels at normal, which is a big factor to heart problems.

Sleep improves your memory

If you ever feel foggy or you’re having trouble remembering things you have done during the day you could be possibly lacking in sleep. Sleeping well eliminates difficulties concentrating and remembering in our day-to-day lives. One of the great benefits of sleep is that it allows your brain to better process new experiences and knowledge, increasing your understanding and retention.

Sleep helps athletes performance

Athletes who sleep 10 hours per night have less day time fatigue and more stamina.

Naps makes you smarter

Napping during the day is not only an effective and refreshing alternative to caffeine, it can also protect your health and make you more productive. People who nap at work have lower levels of stress. Napping also improves memory, cognitive function and mood.
Sleep has never felt so good knowing you are benefiting your body in so many ways.
Good night, sleep tight.
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