Ever hear the saying, “I’ll get enough sleep when I’m dead”? Well, research shows that if you don’t get enough sleep regularly, it could take years off your life. Kind of ironic, don’t you think?
When you get a good night’s sleep, there are many health benefits that will occur, including a longer life.
Here’s a list of some of the benefits:
Decreased Inflammation – people who get six or fewer hours of sleep a night have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more.
Increased creativity – with enough sleep, your brain will reorganize and restructure, which will recharge your creative ways of thinking.
Improved performance – A recent study from Stanford showed that football players who got about 10 hours of sleep a night over seven to eight weeks improved on their sprint times, had less fatigue and more stamina.
Improved memory– While you sleep, your memory will “practice” skills you’ve learned when you were awake (it’s a process called consolidation).
Maintain a healthy weight – good sleep will help you keep a healthy weight and metabolism.
Less stress– sleep and stress can affect your cardiovascular health. Sleep will help control blood pressure, which will help reduce stress levels.
Sharper Attention-ADHD can develop in kids if they have a lack of sleep. Also, driving while you’re too sleepy can cause accidents because it affects reaction time and decision-making.
Helps with Depression-a good night’s sleep will help decrease anxiety and increase emotional stability.