Have bags under your eyes? Join the club! Many of us don’t make sleeping a priority in our day, which unfortunately can not only reduce productivity in our every day activities, but it can also have poor affects on your heart, weight, mind and more! Here are seven reasons why sleep is important and you should start valuing your sleep sessions more:
If you have trouble remembering, it might be a result of not getting enough sleep. During the time you sleep, you can actually strengthen memories or even practice skills learned while you were awake. As much as you’ve learned when you are awake, it intensifies when you’re sleeping, and makes you remember it and learn it better. No matter what you’re trying to learn, you’ll learn and perform it better after sleeping.
Many people don’t think of the long-term impact of not getting enough sleep and most people are fixated instead on the now. What you don’t realize is that too much or too little sleep can be associated with a shorter lifespan. Not only can the amount you sleep impact your lifespan, but it can also affect your quality of life. Just think, by getting approximately 8 hours of sleep a day are reportedly happier and healthier!
Inflammation has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and even premature aging. For those who get six or less hours of sleep per night, studies show higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more sleep. Studies have also shown that C-reactive protein, which is directly related to heart attack risk, was higher in those who slept six or less hours per night.
Ever feel like you’re in a slump at work the day after a bad night of sleep? This is because the appropriate amount of sleep can result in greater creativity. Going along with your memory, sleep can help to strengthen the emotional components of your memory during sleep, which could help improve the overall creative process throughout the day.
Whether you’re an athlete, a student or even a gamer, those who sleep the appropriate amounts of time each night are known to perform better in whatever activity they engage in. While many people are willing to sacrifice sleep to extend their time to study or train for something, this will only negatively impact them in the end.
Ever notice your attention span lacking when you’ve gotten less than 8 hours of sleep the night prior? This is a common finding, and lack of sleep can actually result in ADHD-like symptoms. By getting the appropriate amount of sleep per night, you’re more likely to be active, attentive, and more cautious with your actions.
This is one of the most important points that a lot of people don’t think about when it comes to lack of sleep. Those who sleep less tend to weigh more because sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain. If you’re sleepy throughout the day, this can cause certain hormones that drive appetite to go up in your blood.
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