THE HEALTH HUB -- 7 HEALTH BENEFITS OF SLEEPING YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT!



Seven Health Benefits Of Sleeping! 

Sleep is not for the weak, after all! Contrary to the popular
 belief and saying, sleep is actually an essential tool for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and has many benefits. The importance of getting a good night’s sleep goes beyond feeling good in the morning, and preventing baggy eyelids. 


Even without fully grasping what sleep does for us, we know that going without sleep for too long makes us feel terrible, and that getting a good night's sleep can make us feel ready to take on the world.
  1. Sleep improves your memory.
Your mind is very busy while you're sleeping. During sleep, memories created and skills learned are strengthened in a process known as memory consolidation. This consolidation process occurs during sleep. So if you’re trying to learn something new (whether it’s your schoolwork or learning to play an instrument etc) you’ll actually perform better after sleeping.






    2. Sleep spurs creativity. In addition to consolidating memories, the brain reorganizes and restructures them, and that results in more creativity. Sleep strengthens the emotional components of memory during sleep, which helps spur the creative process.


3. Sleep sharpens attention span. Studies have proven that people who get less than eight hours of sleep a night are more likely to be hyperactive, inattentive, and impulsive throughout the day. 




4. Getting enough sleep can help you maintain your weight, and reduce risk of weight gain. The hormone leptin plays a key role in making you feel full. When you don't get enough sleep, leptin levels drop. So, people who are sleep deprived tend to be hungrier, and they crave high-calorie foods specifically.
Part of the problem too is behavioral, because if you're constantly exhausted, you are less likely to have the energy to go jogging or cook a healthy meal after work, you'll most likely go and buy some fried rice. Which would lead to weight gain.


5. Sleeping well will help you to build muscle. The body uses most of the night to heal damage done to cells and tissues when you are awake and metabolically active. At the start of the night and during slow wave sleep, the body releases growth hormone. Lack of sleep is linked to muscle atrophy.





6. People who sleep less tend to have more symptoms of depression, lower self esteem, and more anxiety. A review of studies shows that sleep loss has an even stronger effect on mood than it does on cognitive ability or motor function, which is a strong indicator that sleeping more could help.


7.Sleep has been shown to enhance athletic performance.In a study on basketball players, longer sleep was shown to significantly improve speed, accuracy, reaction times, and mental well being. Less sleep duration has been associated with poor exercise performance and functional limitation. 

So, as you can see, alongside good nutrition and exercise, good sleep is one of the pillars of health.
Make sure to get at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep a night. This may sound bizarre to students but remember that sleep is what will help your memories learned to be consolidated!


You cannot have optimal health without placing premium on getting the right amount of sleep. 


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