Most people know they should be getting around eight hours of sleep each night, but few people know why they should be getting this much rest. A lot of research has been done, showing the different ways in which sleep and sleep pattern can effect the human body. If you ask the average person why getting a good night rest is important you will probably here answers like; ‘so you feel better the next day’, or ‘so you are more alert’. Though these are true, they are not the most important reasons in which you should be getting proper rest. One of the most important reasons that often gets overlooked or that a lot of people just don’t know, is that sleep depravation can assist in weight gain by drastically slowing your metabolism. A slowed metabolism means that it will be a lot easier for you to put un-wanted weight on.
By simply getting enough sleep each night, you can prevent weight gain, simple as that.
Another reason sleep is so important, that many people do not know, is that proper sleep patterns are linked with living a longer healthier life. According to studies regularly sleeping less than you should is associated with shorter life span. Researchers have found that people who regularly sleep less 6 hours a night compared to people who sleep 8 hours a night have a higher risk of dying sooner. If this isn’t a wake up call(no pun intended) than I don’t know what is! Clearly getting the proper amount of sleep is an important aspect in life! These two reasons alone should be enough to try to attempt to get more rest, but in case its not, a few other reasons are;
Proper sleep boosts your immune system and helps fight the chances of you becoming ill,
while also fighting off and preventing harmful infections to your body. Another important reason aspect of rest is, you will remember things more clearly. During deep sleep the brain goes through our impressions of the day in a process vital to memory formation. When tested, people who had less than 6 hours of sleep scored far lower than those who had 8 hours of sleep. Lastly, getting enough sleep can put you in a good mood. When people are sleep deprived they often become irritable and lose concentration, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Before this blog, I’m sure many of you did not realize how important getting a proper night sleep is, and the benefits that come along with it. Hopefully this has helped, and you will be on your way to living a happier healthier life! Be sure to check out our weekly blogs at www.1teamfitness.com for more valuable information on health, fitness, and nutrition.