12 reasons why sleep is good for you
It will come as no surprise that getting regular, quality sleep is good for you but many of us don’t understand the reasons why it is. In fact, sleep can be as important as exercise and eating to our health and well-being.
Here are some of the reasons why sleep is so important…
Your mental health…
- Feel happier /avoid depression / lower stress. When you’re short of sleep it is harder to control your emotions, it’s common to feel more stressed, and it’s more difficult to cope with upsetting things. So the more sleep you have the happier and more in control you’re likely to feel.
- Improves focus, memory, concentration & productivity. You have probably noticed that when you’re tired you can have trouble making decisions, solving problems and remembering pertinent things. Sleep gives your brain the chance to ‘get ready’ for the next day, forming new pathways to help you learn, remember and focus.
Your physical health…
- Boosting your immune system. Sleep helps your immune system to stay strong and fight off colds and other infections.
- Healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Sleep plays an important part in your recovery process and as a result a lack of sleep is linked to an increased risk of conditions such as heart disease, kidney diseases and high blood pressure.
- Curbing inflammation. On a similar theme, sleep gives your body a chance to heal, reducing such things as inflammation.
- A factor in your weight control. Sleeping helps regulate two important hormones in your body ghrelin and leptin (ghrelin makes you feel hungry whereas leptin makes you feel full). Without enough sleep these hormones can not perform as well leaving you feeling hungrier – which can be a factor in why people put on weight.
- Blood sugar levels. A lack of sleep can lead to higher than normal blood sugar levels, and this can put you at risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Maximise athletic performance. A study (at Stanford University) found that college football players who tried to sleep at least 10 hours a night for seven to eight weeks improved their average sprint time and had less daytime fatigue and more stamina.
- Healthy growth and development. For children and teenagers, deep sleep enables their bodies to release the hormones that promotes growth. As well as playing an important role during puberty, sleep also promotes muscle mass and helps repair damaged tissues.
- Obesity in children. A study has shown that for every hour of sleep a teenager lost, the chances of obesity increased.
- Angry, impulsive, difficulty getting along with others. In teens and children, a lack of sleep can often lead to them feeling angry and impulsive, have mood swings, feel sad or depressed, or lack motivation. It can also lead to them having problems paying attention.
Your safety & well-being…
- Avoiding accidents! As highlighted above sleep deprivation affects your ability to focus and concentrate. Being well rested means that you’re ‘awake’ and ‘alert’ and therefore far less likely to have accidents.
Sleep is good for you!
We think it’s clear that sleep is important to you on so many levels, from your general health and well-being to improving the quality of your life on a day-to-day basis.
November is #bettersleep month at Shoreham Chiropractic Clinic and we will be focusing on all things sleep related.
Do keep an eye on our website, blog and facebook pages for more information.
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