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5 Reasons You Absolutely Need a Good Night’s Sleep

June 17, 2014

5 Reasons You Need Good Sleep

If you see yourself as a night owl or are so busy that you often stay up late working on your to-do list, you might be surprised at just now damaging lack of sleep can be to your brain and your body. Your body needs to rest and reset each night, and eight hours of uninterrupted sleep just can’t be beaten.

Here are our top five reasons you should be getting more sleep:

Reduce Stress and Improve Your Mood

Your body really needs 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and if we lack quality sleep for a period of time it can actually change your personality. A lack of sleep can cause anxiety, irritability, mood swings and even feelings of aggression. Hitting the pillow a little earlier each night can help you relax and avoid health related problems associated with stress and anxiety. The improvement in your usual grumpy sleep-deprived mood can also reflect positively on your relationships as well.

Avoid Obesity or Aid Weight Loss

Many experts have linked poor sleep to obesity. Although the jury is still out on exactly why this is, many doctors and scientists have suggested that it has to do with the way sleep interruptions change your appetite and metabolism.

Improve Memory and Learn Faster

Being tired is bad for your short-term memory and makes it difficult to concentrate. People with poor sleep habits report feeling “foggy” and often forgetting names, dates or other information. Improving your concentration will also help you learn new information and retain it faster, improving your school and work performance.

Boost Immunity and be Healthier Overall

Getting enough sleep will help strengthen your immune system, leading to less sick days and more productivity! Additionally, by reducing your stress with a good night’s sleep, you will also avoid health issues like heart disease and high blood pressure.

Reduce Chronic Pain and Inflammation

In addition to getting less colds and lowering your blood pressure, sleep can also help you heal faster from injury and reduce pain-causing inflammation. Making sure to get a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night can lead to a more comfortable and more productive life!

 

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