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Why is it essential to sleep?

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Here’s a Good Health Tip we all need to practice.

Sleep and health are two things which are closely interlinked. In fact, you will be surprised at how much sleep benefits health. While it is going to be nigh on impossible for us to list all of the benefits of getting enough sleep, we do want to list some of the biggest ones.

Improvements to Memory

Just because you are sleeping doesn’t mean that your brain is asleep. In fact, a very important process happens when you sleep. It is known as ‘consolidation’. When you are asleep, your brain will try to consolidate everything that you have seen that day into your memory. Therefore, sleep is incredibly healthy and beneficial if you are trying to learn something.

Live Longer

While nobody knows why this happens, but studies have shown that one of the major reasons why sleep is important is because it can help you to live longer. One study showed that there was a greater incidence of death at a ‘young age’ in those who got less than 6.5 hours of sleep per night.

Eliminate inflammation in your body

Inflammation is associated with several conditions including:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease

One study found that a certain protein in the body, known as C-reactive protein, which is responsible for a lot of inflammation was more likely to occur in those who got under 6.5 hours of sleep per night. Basically, one of the long-term benefits of sleep is that it could drastically cut your risk of dying early from a heart attack. If you are suffering from arthritis, then it may help to alleviate your pain a little bit there too.

Lose weight

Of course; being overweight has several distinct health disadvantages. Studies have shown that you can give your body a nice little boost when it comes to weight loss if you get enough sleep.

You may be surprised to know this, but your metabolism and sleep processes all come from the same section of your brain. When you get sleepy, your brain will start to release certain hormones into your system which could drastically increase your appetite. One study showed that one of the best ways to cut down weight due to overeating is by simply getting enough sleep. This will hugely reduce the number of calories that you are taking in, which will, in turn, lead to weight loss.

Of course, sleep will help in other areas of weight loss too. While you do not need a study to tell you this, some of them have indicated that enough sleep will boost the amount of energy that your body has. This means that you are going to be able to work out for longer periods of time. The longer you are working out, the more likely you are to shift some excess pounds. Basically; if you are looking to lose weight, then getting enough sleep is probably the right way to go about it.

 

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