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Health Benefits of Sleep

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Sleep is a crucial part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and can greatly benefit your body, mind and soul. Most of us have experienced what it feels like to go without sleep for too long. We feel lethargic and even experience nasty mood swings! Scientists and health specialists now continue to stress on the importance of getting a full night’s sleep.

Detailed below are a few health benefits of getting enough sleep.

  • When you are learning something new like a new language, studies have proved that a snooze might help you perform better. This is because when you fall asleep you tend to ‘practise’ these skills and strengthen your memories.  
  • Studies conducted in 2010 hint at a possible link between sleep and the life span of a person. Results also indicate that women who slept for less than 5 hours were more likely to die than their counterparts who got more sleep.
  • People who get less than 6 hours of sleep are also known to have a higher risk of inflammation which in turn, increases the risk of heart disease.
  • While you sleep emotional components of your memory are strengthened. This in turn will boost your creativity enabling you to work better on your creative projects.
  • Sleep is also linked to athletic performance. Getting enough rest means that most athletes will experience less daytime fatigue and more stamina.
  • Additionally, sleep is also related to academic performance and learning. Unsurprisingly, kids who got less than eight hours of sleep a night were more likely to be hyperactive and inattentive in the classroom.
  • When you are sleepy the levels of certain hormones go up and these hormones can cause an increase in appetite. This can be detrimental for weight watchers who may consume more calories when they feel sleepy.

Apart from the above detailed benefits, lower stress levels and maintaining good mental health are some of the benefits of getting enough rest.