If there is a miracle health solution out there, it’s probably…
…a good night’s sleep.
I know that’s probably not as exciting as you were expecting, but it’s true.
Sleeping the recommended 7-9 hours has many science-backed benefits outside of just removing the bags under your eyes and making you feel better.
And with most people in the world being under quarantine still nowadays, there has never been a better time to catch up on sleep and start making it a priority.
This article will talk about 5 scientifically-proven benefits of getting a proper night’s sleep, and why you shouldn’t feel guilty about getting your Zs.
Keep it Slim
Studies link the lack of sleep to increased weight gain. Theories make a case that this happens because a lack of sleep leads to lower motivation to exercise and/or hormone imbalances. And i agree with this as i know myself when i’m stressed the weight sticks like glue..
This is especially crucial in the current situation, as quarantining leads to inactivity. So get good sleep while isolation restrictions continue, and months to avoid putting on excess weight.
Be the Teacher’s Pet You’ve Always Wanted to Be
Sleep is crucial to many aspects of brain function and performance.
One study finds that a lack of sleep can negatively impact cognitive performance as much as intoxication does.
Additionally, good sleep may improve problem-solving skills and enhance memory functions.
This raises an interesting point, there are many people who claim that they miss sleep because they are working hard or trying to maximize productivity. Once you learn the reality of the connection between sleep and cognitive performance, this sounds silly. What’s basically being said is:
I want to sleep less → so I can work more = them being less smart → makes work less effective → which makes them work more → and potentially sleep even less
Talk about a vicious cycle?
Say No to the Blues
Estimates show that more than 87% of people with depression complain about sleep quality.
Poor sleep is even associated with a higher risk of death by suicide.
The relationship between depression and sleep is not yet clear, whether it’s the sleep that contributes to depression, or depression that contributes to the lack of sleep.
Nevertheless, you should try to completely avoid anything that potentially contributes to mental health diseases, as quarantining is already proven to cause mental health disturbance. There’s yet another reason to sleep during this quarantine.
Lower Your Risk for Heart Disease
According to studies, sleep is a good predictor of your cardiovascular health. Meaning that the better your sleep the more likely you are to have better heart health.
Interestingly enough, there seems to be a cyclical relationship between bad sleep and bad heart health. The worse your sleep is, the worse your heart becomes, and the worse your sleep will get, the worse your heart gets, and so on.
So I guess the recommendation here is, if you want bad heart health – don’t sleep the recommended hours.
Fortify Your Immune System
Looking for immune support to help you fight off COVID-19, were you to contract it?
Look no further.
It’s been scientifically proven that a lack of sleep leads to a compromised immune system. That’s because a lack of sleep leads to lower levels of T-cells, and cytokines – two very important elements of the immune system.
Bottom line, sleep well and have your body’s biological warfare battalion ready to go.
It’s undeniable that adequate sleep holds many health benefits.
Some of the most important are that it helps keep weight off, makes you smarter, protects against depression, lowers your risk for heart disease, and supports your immune system.
And many of these benefits are especially key now, with the Coronavirus and quarantining in full force.
So get your sleep right during this quarantine period, and make it a habit.
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