Sleep is an essential part of everyday life. It is an activity most people enjoy and look forward to at the end of a long day, and for good reason. Sleeping is like a reset button for our body and mind, re-energizing us so we can tackle the next day. Despite this fact, most of us get far too little of our beauty rest. The general consensus amongst doctors is that eight hours is required by most adults. When we get busy, we often let our sleep fall to the wayside, but this is a big mistake if you want to stay healthy and looking young.
Here are a few important reasons why you should make sure to schedule those eight hours of sleep each night!
People Who Sleep More Weigh Less
This may seem odd, but studies show that people who get their recommended eight hours of sleep a night actually weigh less than those that only sleep for a few hours. So how do the two correlate? The theory is that in order to compensate for feeling sluggish and tired throughout the day, those who did not get their full eight hours depend on junk food like candy bars, energy drinks, and fast food to give them energy throughout the day. This leads to having a higher daily calorie count consumption than their well-rested counterparts. Your body actually burns many more calories in your sleep than you realize because it is repairing damaged tissue, healing your skin, etc. This means the less sleep you get, the less prepared your body is to face the day. Once you are awake, your body puts these activities on hold and slows down your metabolism.
Prevent Degeneration of Mind and Body:
As already mentioned, your body performs some pretty heavy duty maintenance as you sleep. If you don’t get the necessary sleep that your body requires, the opposite is also true. Going without sleep for an extended period of time can cause permanent damage. Neglecting to get enough rest can actually make you more prone to serious mental issues such as depression, anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations. Sleep resets your body and mind, relieving you from the tension and stress accumulated throughout the day. Without the escape of sleep, the strain on your mind proves to be extremely harmful. A well rested mind is more focused and able to problem solve more quickly. If you want to keep your mind and body in sync and have a positive mood, getting your full eight hours is a great way to start off the day.
Strengthens your Immune System:
Have you ever noticed that when you don’t get much sleep you end up not feeling well and even end up sick? Your immune system is one of the vital parts of your body that undergoes repair while you sleep. That is one reason why doctors will recommend that you rest when you are injured or sick. The body creates important antibodies and white blood cells to protect against disease during sleep. Depriving yourself of the rest you need makes your body’s defense system weaker. If you want to live a healthy life, make sure that you are getting enough sleep!
There are many reasons to why we need more sleep in our daily lives, on top of looking and feeling good. Proper sleep is fundamental to a happy and productive life. Try not to sacrifice your sleep to work on other projects. Make sure that you prioritize your sleep to prevent feeling moody and miserable.
The cost of sleep deprivation is too great for you to push that aside!