Sleep

8 Reasons for a Great 8 Hours

Weight Management – having a good night sleep is strongly linked to Obesity and Weight Gain. Not having a good night’s sleep can cause you the following day to want to eat sugary and high fat foods. Getting a good night sleep in will mean your cravings will be curbed and you will naturally eat less calories during the day.

Improved Concentration and Productivity – waking up feeling content in the fact you have had a good night’s sleep can increase brain activity after giving your brain a good rest from day to day worries and stresses of normal life. Having a good night sleep will make you feel on the ball, sharper and more attentive.

Mental Health – Mental Health issues, such as depression are strongly linked to poor sleep quality and sleeping disorders. It has been estimated that 90% of people with depression complain about their quality of sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep can ease your mental health wellbeing.

Improved Immune System – did you know that whilst you sleep, your body produces extra protein molecules that help to fight infections. It is always recommended if you feel a cold coming on to rest and get a good night’s sleep. Especially in current times getting a good night’s sleep can give us those extra molecules to protect us from the current Corona virus.

Positive Emotions – Studies show people who are sleep deprived report increases in negative moods (anger, frustration, irritability, sadness) and decreases in positive moods. And sleeplessness is often a symptom of mood disorders such as anxiety. Having a good night sleep can make you wake up feeling fresh and ready to face the day ahead with a positive attitude.

Lower Risk of Heart Disease and Strokes – a healthy and regular sleep pattern can improve your overall cardiovascular system. This in turn goes hand in hand with being at lower risk of heart disease and Stokes. Studies have shown that having a poor and unhealthy sleeping patterns can put you in a higher risk category for Strokes.

Better Memory – When you learn something new, the best way to remember it is to sleep on it. That’s because sleeping helps strengthen memories you’ve formed throughout the day. It also helps to link new memories to earlier ones.
Natural Pain Killer – Getting a good night’s sleep can act as a natural pain killer, many studies have shown a link between sleep loss and a lower pain threshold. The more sleep you get, the less pain you might be in.

The Bottom Line

Along with nutrition and exercise, good sleep is one of the pillars of health. You simply can not achieve optimal health without taking care of your sleep first.

If you are struggling to get a good night’s sleep visit

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/how-to-get-to-sleep/

for tips on how to prepare for a good night’s sleep.