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Healthy Living: Benefits of Quality Sleep

Updated on December 2, 2016

Getting a great nights sleep is something we all cherish. Through research doctors have proposed that there are numerous benefits of getting an adequate amount of sleep but this assumption is usually over-looked as the benefits of sleep aren't obvious.

Sleep has a major impact in everything we do in our daily lives; the benefits of sleep have an overwhelming strike on healthy living and general wellness

Recent research has proven the fact that having less than 7 hours sleep each night will inevitably increase our chances of attracting diseases!

Due to such discoveries; here are 5 top benefits of quality sleep!

1. Reduced Stress

If you are deprived of the sleep you need your body will fall into a state of stress. As a consequence, the body's functions are put on superior alert which triggers an increase in blood pressure and a production of stress hormones. Unfortunately though, the stress hormones created make it harder for you to sleep.

2. Quicker Recovery

Sleep is the best time for your body to repair any damaged cells caused by forms of stress. The reason why sleep is the most optimum time for repair is because we produce more protein when we are sleeping - and it is this protein which forms the essential building blocks for the body to repair.

3. Protects the Heart

Heart attacks and strokes are most prominent during the early hours of day. This fact may be explained due to the way sleep interacts with our vascular system; blood vessels are put under slightly more pressure as we sleep.

Also, a lack of sleep has been associated with an increased vulnerability to high cholesterol.

4. Improved Your Memory

Nobody really knows why we sleep and dream. Whilst your body may be resting, your brain is working at maximum capacity to process your day whilst work on linking memories, replenishment and sensory input.

Moving on, your dreams and deep sleep are an important time for your brain to make memories and links; getting more quality sleep will help all of your cognitive abilities improve.

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5. Sleep Balances Emotions

Sleeping gives our brain the opportunity to replenish and adjust all the chemical and hormone levels that the body needs. Due to these vital elements they help us remain steady and balanced throughout the day - with an increased tolerance to handle day to day stressors.


All in all generally speaking missing a couple hours of sleep every now and then wouldn't have a significant effect on our health and wellness, nonetheless, having a quality sleeping pattern will certainly seal off any ailments that comes forth with sleep deprivation.


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    • Sottway profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Worldwide

      You're welcome tarajeyaram!

      My sleeping hours usually vary to but I try my best to get around 8 hours. We are in similar boars :)

      Thank you for the comment and vote!

    • tarajeyaram profile image


      6 years ago from Wonderland

      Thank you for the hub. Great hub. My sleeping hours varies depending on what I am doing. I am sleep deprived but do try to catch up when I can. Voted up!

    • Sottway profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Worldwide

      Your welcome for the Hub Carol!

      I suppose if you're feeling alright 5 hours must be enough for you, I've always been told different though. But if it works, it works!

      Anyway, thanks for the comment and votes :)

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      Carolyn Sands 

      6 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      This is a great information softway. Thanks for sharing. I only get about 5 hours of sleep. I know that is not enough but I dont feel sleep deprived at this time. Voted up and useful.


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