It is important to get enough sleep, a lack of zzz’s can have a big impact on your health. Experts say you should have at least 7-8 hours of eyes-shut everyday, but what does that really do for you?
In honour of World Health Day and because we are particular about sleep, we have highlighted the health benefit of having enough sleep for a #HealthierTomorrow
1. Sleep Can Boost Your Immune System.
When you get enough sleep, your immune cells and protein get the rest they need to fight whatever comes their way like cold and flu. Quality sleep also makes vaccines more effective and that is a plus on its own.
2. Better Sleep = Better Mood
There is a truth to the saying “Getting up on the right side of bed” because getting quality sleep and being well rested will put you in a really good mood.
Being rested helps your energy levels soar. When your energy is up, life’s little challenges won’t annoy you as much.
So, go to bed early and everyone around you will thank you for it.
3. Lack of sleep strains your heart
Lack of sleep can cause your body to release cortisol, a stress hormone that triggers your heart to work harder. Just like your immune system, your heart needs rest in order to function powerfully and properly.
Having 7-8 hours of Zzz’s everyday can give your heart the right amount of time it needs to recuperate from a day of constant blood pump.
4. Sleep can improve productivity
Sleep has been linked to improved concentration and higher cognitive function, both of which can help you be successful at work. But one restless night can leave you feeling frazzled, making it more likely that you’ll make mistakes that a pot of coffee won’t be able to fix.
Burning the midnight oil in expense of a quality night rest will leave you tired, worn out and less productive during the day.
5. Lack of sleep can be very dangerous
According to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, you’re twice as likely to get in a car accident when you’re cruising on six to seven hours of sleep compared to if you get a full eight hours. Sleep less than five hours and your chances of a crash quadruples! That’s because your reaction time slows down when your brain isn’t fully rested.
6. Sleep Improves Memory
Even though sleep gives your body the rest it needs, your mind is still hard at work. It’s actually processing and consolidating your memories from the day. If you don’t get enough sleep, who knows where those memories go. Or worse, your mind might actually create false memories.
While there will certainly be some flows to your sleeping patterns, we hope this is enough evidence to convince you to aim for seven to eight hours a night so your mind and body can fully reap all the benefits.
Need some help counting sheep? Create a nighttime routine to get your mind and body relaxed, maybe try meditating. Oh, and stop looking at your phone or tablet — those social media alerts will all be there in the morning.
Shop at Fluidé Homes and its Sweet dreams!