If you can’t stop hitting that snooze button in the mornings, chances are you did not get enough sleep the night before.
For those of you who enjoy sleeping, this may be a story you may be interested in sharing with your friends and family (or boss) in your groups chats.
Who knows? Perhaps your workplace could introduce a mandatory nap time?
The last time I checked, it’s not a crime to have wishful thinking.
We scoured the world wide web to compile a list of benefits of sleeping.
(1) Memory boost
Your mind is surprisingly busy while you snooze. During sleep you can strengthen memories or practise skills learnt while you were awake (a process called consolidation).
“If you are trying to learn something, whether it’s physical or mental, you learn it to a certain point with practice,” says Dr Rapoport, who is an associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center. “But something happens while you sleep that makes you learn it better.”
In other words if you’re trying to learn something new, you’ll perform better after sleeping. (Source: Health.com)
(2) Look beautiful!
There is an old saying about getting enough ‘beauty sleep’. The fact is chronic sleep loss can lead to lack-luster skin, fine lines and dark circles under the eyes. In addition, when you don’t get enough sleep your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen – the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic. Sleep also helps with normal tissue repair. (Source: Maonui.co.nz)
(3) Do it for your heart!
A regular sleep pattern can help to lower the levels of stress and inflammation to your cardiovascular system, which in turn can reduce your chances of a stroke or heart condition. (Source: Dreams.co.uk)
(4) Think clearly!
Have you ever woken up after a bad night’s sleep? Chances are you’ll be feeling fuzzy and easily confused.
“Sleep loss affects how you think,” said Jodi A Mindell, PhD, a professor of psychology at St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and author of ‘Sleep Deprived No More’. “It impairs your cognition, your attention, and your decision-making.”
Studies have found that people who are sleep-deprived are substantially worse at solving logic or math problems than when they’re well-rested.
“They’re also more likely to make odd mistakes, like leaving their keys in the fridge by accident,” she said. (Source: Webmd.com)
(5) Keep depression at bay!
Mental health issues, such as depression, are strongly linked to poor sleep quality and sleep disorders.
It has been estimated that 90% of patients with depression complain about sleep quality.
Poor sleep is even associated with increased risk of death by suicide.
Those with sleeping disorders, such as insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea, also report significantly higher rates of depression that those without. (Source: Healthline.com)
We’d love to hear from you. Do you think you’re getting enough sleep?