Why is sleep important? Smart girls know.
Be smart too and discover why making friends with sleep is the best decision you can make tonight and every night!
Sleep is extraordinarily important for our physical health and our emotional well being. But our modern relationship with sleep is pretty messed up. Sleep is a good friend but like any good relationship it needs, time and effort give to blossom. Many of us have not sucky friends, we don't give sleep the time and attention she deserves and we pay the ultimate price.
Why should we care, really, why is sleep important? Just look at all the benefits she can give us when we a willing to give her the chance.
She can make us:
She Can Improve our;
She can help us:
So lots of good reasons. But just in case you still need convincing, here are five examples where not having enough sleep may cause unhealthy and unwanted side effects all leading us far from a smart life.
1. You may damage your immune system
Researchers studying the effects of irregular sleeping patterns on our immune system carried out experiments showing that overproduction of T cells caused by irregularities in our wake/sleep cycle can put our immune system out of sync. Unsuprisingly this is not good in fact it can cause inflammation. When this happens regularly it can becomes chronic which, in turn, may lead to all sorts of diseases ranging from diabetes, cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and many others.
2. You may damage your brain cells for good
How many times have you stayed up really late to prepare for a test or presentation? Probably fuelling up with caffeine and various other stimulants to keep you awake. Scientists now have found that by depriving little mice of sleep, the part of the brain responsible for staying alert and thinking was irrevocably damaged. More, sleeping extra long hours later did not repair the damage either so having a lie in won't sort it out!
researchers found that sleep can actually help you to consolidate learning. By depriving your brain of this essential rest, you are actually reducing your brain’s ability to learn.
3. You may gain weight
If you are worried about your weight, staying up late is no good idea. One survey found that people who were getting by with just 6 hours a sleep a day were 30% more likely to become overweight than those who were getting the normal amount of 7 or 8 hours.
Sleep helps regulate the hormones that affect and control your appetite. Studies have shown that when your body is deprived of sleep, the normal hormone balances are interrupted and your appetite increases.Unfortunately this increase in appetite doesn't lead to a craving for fruits and veggies. Rather, your body longs for foods high in calories, fats, and carbohydrates.
So, if you're trying to lose those stubborn few pounds that just keep hanging around, consider the benefits of sleep on weight control and make sure that getting enough sleep each day
4. You may have more wrinkles
Staying up late and cutting back on sleep will not do your skin any good and the reason is a pretty simple. One of the main hormones we produce when stressed out is cortisol. This has been called the ‘death hormone’ because it is linked to the decline of every cell in our body. In addition, the more we age, the more cortisol we produce. Our skin is the frontline as the collagen (which makes up about 90% of your skin) and keeps it firm, gets trounced by cortisol. The result is a lot more wrinkles, rather dull skin and more dark circles under the eyes.
One solution is to get more shut eye because when we sleep, we produce the human growth hormone which actually helps to counter the disastrous effects of the cortisol.
5. You are adding to your stress
A good night's sleep can help lower blood pressure and elevated levels of stress hormones, which are a natural result of today's fast paced lifestyle.
High blood pressure can be life threatening and the physical effects of stress can produce serious "'wear and tear" on our body and degenerate cells, which can speed up the aging process. Sleep helps to slow these effects and encourages a state of relaxation.
If all that wasn't enough here are even more reasons to get a good night zzzzzzzzz
Sleep helps to repair your body
Our bodies produce extra protein molecules while sleeping that helps strengthen our ability to fight infection and stay healthy.
Sleep helps keep our heart healthy and strong
Maybe you didn't know but our cardiovascular system is constantly under pressure sleep actually helps to reduce the levels of stress and inflammation in your body. High levels of "inflammatory markers" are linked to heart disease and strokes. Sleep can also help keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels (which play a role in heart disease) in check.
Sleep improves memory
You remember that 'foggy' feeling you struggle with when deprived of sleep making it difficult to concentrate. You Don't? Well clearly you're not getting enough sleep because this often leads to memory problems with facts, faces, lessons, or even conversations. Sleeping well eliminates these difficulties because, as you sleep, your brain is busy organizing and correlating memories.
Sleep makes us smarter
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. So, next time you hear someone say "why don't you sleep on it," take their advice.
Sleep reduces the occurrence of mood disorders
With insufficient sleep during the night, many people become agitated or moody the following day. Yet, when limited sleep becomes a chronic issue, studies have shown it can lead to long-term mood disorders such as depression or anxiety.
So I think I've answered the question Why is sleep important : But just in case you still don't believe me, just check out what the experts have to say;
Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist: He studies the sleep cycles of the brain. In his excellent Ted talk he asks: What do we know about sleep? Not a lot, it turns out, for something we do with one-third of our lives.
The benefits of sleep are extensive and can make a difference in your quality of life, as well as the length of your life. Therefore, it is vital to place a priority on getting ample, consistent sleep.
Feeling sleepy yet? Why not drift off peacefully listening to this hypnotic audio designed to lead you off to a gentle, deep and refreshing sleep. Night night x
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