General Health and Sleep
7 Benefits Of Good Sleep To Your Health
“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”
- Thomas Dekker, English Elizabethan dramatist and pamphleteer
The World Health Day is a good opportunity to think about our and our family members’ state of health. It is not sleep that we usually associate with feeling physically and emotionally fit but during the past decades, researchers have found out important connection between this human function and well-being.
So, what’s better than a good sleep? Practically everything that it brings!
#1: Good sleep lower stress
Stress is inevitable, it is our response to the challenges of life. Interestingly, the right amount of stress can be stimulating, helping us stay alert and energetic to fulfill our tasks in the best possible way. Too much stress, however, makes us nervous and causes sleep problems.
When you have had sufficient sleep, your body and mind become stronger and you are more stress resistant. More info on that in the video below.
#2. Good sleep prevents heart disease and heart attacks
Sleep quality and duration can increase the risk of chronic diseases, including those, related to the heart.
Studies found that people who sleep less than 7-8 hours per nigh are much more prone to risk of developing heart disease or getting a stroke than those who sleep the sufficient amount of 7 to 8 hours per night.
#3: Good sleep fights anxiety and depression
Sleeping well means that you will become more emotional stable and can better manage anxiety or depression.
An estimated 90% of patients with depression also complain of sleeping disorders. What is even more alarming is that there is a link between poor sleep and the risk of death by suicide.
#4: Good sleep improves your memory
During the hours of sleep, a process called ‘consolidation’ improves your memory by strengthening the connections between your brain cells and transferring information from one brain region to another. Moreover, you probably didn’t know that, but when you are asleep, you "practice" skills learned while awake.
#5: Good Sleep boosts your productivity
Sleep plays a major role in brain function, such as cognition and concentration, productivity and performance.
Additionally, this function is associated with improved problem solving skills and enhanced memory performance of both children and adults.
#6. Good sleep benefits your immunity
From scientific point of view, the neurons that control sleep interact closely with the immune system. As anyone who has had the flu or have catch a cold knows, infectious diseases make us feel sleepier. This is good, because sleep helps your body to conserve energy and other resources needed by the immune system to resist successfully an attack.
#7: Good sleep helps you avoid accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the USA, driver fatigue is responsible for an estimated 100,000 motor vehicle accidents and 1500 deaths each year. The startling statistics shows that this is even more than accidents caused by alcohol use!
While many drivers count on caffeine and other stimulants, these are useless against the effects of severe sleep deprivation. When you are going to drive, remember that having a good sleep can save not only your life but also those of other people on the road.
Sleep is often one of the first things we tend to sacrifice when we are pressed for time. Many people make the mistake to view sleep as a luxury and often overlook the potential long-term health consequences of insufficient sleep. If you want to improve your health, emotional condition and productivity, remember to have the advisable 7-8 hours of sleep in a twenty-four-hour period.
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” - English proverb
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