Time and time again, we’re all told that sleep is important for our health and wellbeing, but a surprising number of us don’t really know just what benefits a good night’s sleep can give. From helping improve concentration and attention spans at work, school or just in everyday life, to reducing stress and strengthening your immune system, getting the advised amount of sleep a day in the right bed can set you up for the day and help keep your health on track. Here are just some of the benefits of a good night’s sleep.
Improved Concentration And Attention
Good sleep means more energy and with more energy, our brains can focus far better than when we’re tired. Having the right amount of sleep a night can help you to maintain attention throughout the day while a poor night’s sleep can actually impair your ability to concentrate or make sensible decisions. If you have a big event the next day, whether that’s a big decision, a long drive or you operate heavy machinery at work, you need to ensure you’re getting good sleep as much as possible.
Maintain A Healthy Weight
While sleep can’t directly affect your weight, studies have suggested that poor sleep can change hormones that tell you if you’re hungry or full. It can also have an effect on the types of foods you’ll be tempted to reach for, as less sleep usually means more energy is needed. For this reason, you could find yourself reaching for sugary or fatty foods for that energy boost you need, which may affect your weight in the long term.
Keep Your Immune System Strong
When we sleep, our bodies go through a rest and repair phase, tackling anything your body has been through throughout the day. It’s one of the reasons we’re always told to sleep if we’re feeling sick or healing from an injury or surgery! Sleeping gives your immune system a chance to do what it needs to do, while also restoring itself and staying in a fully operational and strong state so it can detect, destroy and prevent further invasions from bacteria or viruses.
Look After Your Mental And Emotional Health
Our mental and emotional health is just as important as our immune system, and sleep can have a positive effect on both. A lack of sleep can leave us feeling low or run-down, which can increase anxiety and the changes of experiencing depression-like symptoms. A lack of sleep in general can put you at increased risk of developing mental health issues and so taking our time to practice mindfulness before bed or simply making sure you get more sleep where you can, can make all the difference.
Stress can be incredibly damaging to a lot of people, which is why we all need to take care to reduce our stress levels and manage existing stress properly. Stress can not only cause poor sleep, but it can be worsened by it and so this benefit is a bit of a dual-concern. Trying to relax a bit before bed can help you to get a good night’s sleep, which in term will relax the systems in your body that are responsible for the stress response, and ultimately leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever issues you are facing that cause the stress.
Lower Blood Pressure And Protect Your Heart
Sleep can help to lower your blood pressure and ultimately protect your heart against a number of issues, including diabetes and coronary heart disease. When we wake up, our sympathetic nervous systems are triggered, which causes our cardiovascular systems to start up and our blood pressure to increase in preparation of waking us up. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body won’t have the energy or ability to compensate for this, which can put strain on the heart and put you at higher risk of strokes, coronary heart disease and more.
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