- Aging & Longevity
Benefits of getting a good nights sleep
Every bit of advise that I have heard about sleep states that we should be getting a good 8 hours of sleep every night. Studies done on sleep and sleep deprivation also shows that if we do not get our required 8 hours of sleep a night, that we cannot "catch up" on the weekends. Once we have lost hours of sleep, that sleep is lost forever.
Sleep is one of the most important activities that we can do in our lives to improve our health. Of course not getting enough sleep night after night can cause disease and illness, among other things. These are some of the benefits to getting a good nights sleep:
Sleep improves memory:
When you don't get enough sleep, you can wake up feeling groggy, confused and disoriented. That feeling can last all day and even effect your memory in a big way, causing you to forget things that you have known for years. During sleep, your brain pieces familiar information together and makes connections between memories and events. This enables us to function better the next day.
Sleep decreases depressive episodes:
During the sleep cycle, serotonin, norepinephrin and other neurotransmitters are released into the body. The release of these chemicals helps improve mood and combat depression.
Sleep helps you lose weight:
Getting a good 8 hours sleep helps you lose weight. Because sleep decreases stress, improves mood and increases energy, it then has a secondary effect of weight loss.
Sleep helps fight against wrinkles:
During sleep, your body and your skin goes into repair mode. Your cells regenerate, which decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Sleep helps restore all your bodys functions:
During sleep you cells regenerate and the functions of your body are restored. That's why you wake up feeling more refreshed when you do get a proper amount of sleep. Your muscles, bones, organs and skin all get a "rest" during sleep. They need this rest to function properly.
Not getting enough sleep can have many negative effects on the body. Make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep a night to benefit from the restorative functions that happen during sleep. Remember all the good things that can happen when you get the appropriate amount of sleep, and make a commitment to yourself to get enough sleep.