The Health Benefits of Being a Sleeping Beauty

We spend our lives running from place to place to get more done, in order to be more successful, more fulfilled and to ensure we are constantly kept busy. However, due to our daily routines, we wake up super early and if we want to get a workout in before work then we shave off another hour of valuable sleeping time.

Sleep isn’t considered that important but I want to express that this is where we are all going wrong and here’s why we so desperately need our sleep.  1) Improves memory- During sleep the brain goes through the consolidation process, this is where we rehearse what we’ve learnt that day. This also enables you to think clearer  2) Lack of sleep causes weight gain- this is due to the behavioural aspects of weight maintenance e.g. when you’re tired you are less likely to exercise. Physiological aspects are also affected as leptin  levels (the hormone which tells you you’re full) drop, ultimately you eat more.      

Sleep isn’t considered that important but I want to express that this is where we are all going wrong and here’s why we so desperately need our sleep.

1) Improves memory- During sleep the brain goes through the consolidation process, this is where we rehearse what we’ve learnt that day. This also enables you to think clearer

2) Lack of sleep causes weight gain- this is due to the behavioural aspects of weight maintenance e.g. when you’re tired you are less likely to exercise. Physiological aspects are also affected as leptin  levels (the hormone which tells you you’re full) drop, ultimately you eat more.

 

 

3) Reduced inflammation – sleeping reduces inflammation and as a result decreases the risks of diseases such as heart disease, liver disease and obesity in the long term.  4) Improved productivity – this is quite a simple one really, the less tired you are, the more your brain can focus and produce better quality work.  5) Increased attention span -sleeping lowers hyperactivity and impulsive reactions therefore you can concentrate better.  Ultimately it is evident that sleep is vital to our daily successes and therefore should not be used as a bartering tool in order to get other jobs done. Sleeping will improve your efficiency and so if you sleep more, you can get the jobs done quicker which leaves you more time for sleeping. It’s a clever little cycle really.  Make sure you get 8 hours every night!

3) Reduced inflammation – sleeping reduces inflammation and as a result decreases the risks of diseases such as heart disease, liver disease and obesity in the long term.

4) Improved productivity – this is quite a simple one really, the less tired you are, the more your brain can focus and produce better quality work.

5) Increased attention span -sleeping lowers hyperactivity and impulsive reactions therefore you can concentrate better.

Ultimately it is evident that sleep is vital to our daily successes and therefore should not be used as a bartering tool in order to get other jobs done. Sleeping will improve your efficiency and so if you sleep more, you can get the jobs done quicker which leaves you more time for sleeping. It’s a clever little cycle really.  Make sure you get 8 hours every night!