11 Surprising Health Benefits of Sleep

11 Surprising Health Benefits of Sleep

Sleep makes you feel better, mentally, physically and spiritually. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. Below are 11 examples of how sleep can benefit you.

  1. Improves memory-studies show during sleep our brain is very busy. During sleep you can strengthen memories or “practice” skills learned while you were awake called “consolidation”
  2. Live Longer?-Some studies show those who sleep less than five hours per night have shorter life spans.
  3. Curb Inflammation Inflammation is linked to heart disease.  Studies show those who do not get enough sleep have increased  inflammatory proteins in their blood which can increase your risk of a heart attack.
  4. Spur Creativity- In addition to consolidating memories, your brain appears to reorganize and restructure them, which may result in more creativity as well.
  5. Improve being an athlete– a study showed athletes who slept more than 8 hours per night performed better.
  6. Improve your grades- studies show that those individuals, who sleep more, get better grades in school.
  7. Sharpen Attention- Studies show that children that sleep less than 8 or 9 hours per night are more likely to be hyperactive, inattentive and impulsive.
  8. Have a Healthy Weight-Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat — 56 percent of their weight loss — than those who were sleep deprived.
  9. Lower stress- It is a known fact that lack of sleep increases stress, and stress increases risk to cardiovascular health.  Sleep reduces levels of stress and can reduce blood pressure.
  10. Avoid Accidents- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports being tired accounted for the highest number of single car fatal crashes.
  11. Steering Clear of Depression-Sleeping well means more to our overall well-being.  A lack of sleep can contribute to depression.

-Original Article from The Huffington Post

By | 2013-02-26T08:49:17+00:00 February 11th, 2013|News|0 Comments

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