In the fast-paced lifestyles of today, many people have quickly disregarded sleep in lieu of other pleasures or responsibilities. After all, whereas ages ago, the lights went out early from lack of activity, nearly every city these days comes with many night hangouts as well as workplaces that work round-the-clock, whether in actuality or because of globalisation of tasks. As such, many young professionals have foregone the luxury of sleep in the quest for other benefits, such as higher incomes, stronger relationship ties, or even for the name of fitness, as they spend the extra night time hours working out like crazy in the gym!
But do you know that this very thing that people are turning away from may actually be just what they need to get the optimum health they are chasing after? Sleep is designed as a natural process of life, and foregoing it to a great extent might mean more harm than good. The following are the benefits you get from getting enough sleep:
1. During sleep, the body repairs itself. It is during sleep time that the body produces extra protein molecules, which are intended to help improve your immune system. This in turn allows the system to repair your body on a cellular level, especially during stressful times or when you are exposed to elements that may threaten your health.
2. Sleep keeps your heart healthy. Indeed, one’s cardiovascular system gets attacked on a regular basis, and getting enough sleep results in your body getting the stress levels reduced, which also reduce inflammation. These inflammations are linked to strokes and other heart disease. Also, cholesterol levels and blood pressure are regulated with enough sleep, which in turn helps keep heart disease at bay.
3. Sleep results in a sharper mind and a greater focus on the task at hand. This means that not only will your body be better rested, you will also wind up being more productive and finishing the work much easier, keeping you from needing to lose more sleep.
4. Stress levels are actually lowered with enough quality sleep. With the fast-paced lifestyles that nearly everyone faces today, stress hormones are typically elevated, along with blood pressure. These can result in a life-threatening wear and tear on the body, as they degenerate cells and catalyze aging. When you get enough sleep, these effects are slowed down, giving you a relaxed, stress-free mode.
5. Even body weight issues may be controlled with enough sleep. Sleeping actually regulates the hormones that are in charge of controlling appetite. Research has shown that a body deprived of sleep has its normal hormone balances interrupted, causing increase in appetite. To make things worse, this appetite increase typically does not lead to cravings for healthy food like fruits and vegetables; instead, the cravings turn to high-calorie, high-fat food!
6. Risk of diabetes is greatly reduced with enough sleep. Studies have indicated that lack of sleep may eventually lead to type 2 diabetes, likely due to the way it affects the body’s ability to process glucose. Research done on healthy individuals who had their sleep reduced from eight to four hours each night took a longer time to process glucose, compared to when they had adequate sleep.
7. Mood disorders are also greatly minimized with enough sleep. It is a known fact that people who lack sleep can get more easily agitated the next day. In fact, when lack of sleep becomes chronic, it can reportedly lead to long-term emotional disorders such as anxiety or depression.
These seven points are only the tip of the iceberg for the benefits of sleep, but hopefully it gives you the sense of priority over your daily routine. Having enough sleep is more than just getting the rest you need, but it actually helps in promoting the optimum health you desire in the nature-ordained way, and yet you enjoy benefits that encompass not only the physical side of life, but also affect your emotional health and social relationships. This shows that sleep is not only a non-activity on your part, but is actually an active way of pursuing overall well-being in your life, giving you permission to make it a priority!