Tired of being tired? How many hours of sleep do you get a night? Your body needs seven to eight quality hours of sleep each night to function at peak efficiency. A lack of sleep can drastically impact your energy levels, mood, and health.
Apart from keeping your body functioning at its best, getting enough sleep will provide you with many benefits.
1) Sleep leads to less stress
When your body and mind don’t get enough rest during the night, you can find yourself feeling more anxious and stressed. This is because your body reacts to the limited about of sleep you are getting by producing elevated stress hormones. By engaging in a deeper sleep for longer periods, your body will produce the normal amount of stress hormones — leading to a more relaxed, less stressed-out version of yourself.
2) Sleep can improve your immune system
Do you find yourself always catching a cold? Are you someone who gets the flu every winter? While there can be a variety of reasons you’re more susceptible to illnesses, a common reason is not getting enough sleep. For your immune system to stay strong, your body needs ample rest. When sleeping, your body produces protein molecules which improves your ability to fight off infections and illnesses. Without enough sleep, your immune system doesn’t have a chance to build up to be strong enough to fight off colds. Give your body the rest it needs to live a healthier life.
3) Sleep makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight
Don’t you wish you could go to bed and lose weight? While sleep won’t burn extra calories, it will give your body enough time to keep your hormones regulated that help reduce cravings and impact your appetite. If you’re getting enough sleep at night, you’re more likely to make better food choices during the day which makes it easier for you to maintain your weight (or lose weight should you desire).
4) Sleep reduces the likelihood of health issues
While the research isn’t conclusive, studies have shown that not getting enough sleep can lead to health issues like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular diseases. Sleeping for eight hours a night allows your body to better manage stress and inflammation and promotes relaxation — making it easier for your body to ward off health issues.
5) Good sleepers have a better memory
If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you’ll often find your mind in a fog during the day. This can make it harder for you to communicate and recall memories or details. While you’re sleeping, your brain works to organize everything you’ve encountered that day and store memories. If you aren’t getting enough quality sleep, your brain likely doesn’t have enough time to do this — which results in it being more difficult for you to remember and process things.
6) A full night’s sleep improves your mood
No one likes hanging out with a grumpy and cranky person. Without enough sleep, that could be you! A lack of sleep causes you to become agitated more quickly, which can lead to you snapping or getting frustrated more easily. Make sure you’re getting a full night’s rest to ensure you are in a better mood day in and day out.