Do you always get 7–8 hours of sleep a night?
We know, life can get in the way, and finding time to sleep the recommended amount isn’t always as easy as it was when we were younger and had fewer responsibilities.
Look, we know you’ve heard it a million times, sleep is vital for our health, but do you know just how much of an effect a full night’s sleep has not only on your physical health but also your mental health?
Here are the top reasons why you might benefit from turning Netflix off a little earlier tonight and getting the proper amount of shut eye.
People Who Sleep Well Usually Eat Fewer Calories
Studies have suggested that people who get less sleep tend to have larger appetites, consuming more calories to sustain them throughout the day. Sleep deprivation disrupts the daily fluctuations in appetite hormones, which in turn can lead to poor appetite regulation.
If you notice you’re reaching for more snacks to get you through the day, it might just be that your late-night Instagram scroll is starting to poorly affect your diet.
A Good Night’s Rest Is Important For Brain Function
Finding yourself struggling to remember small important details? Making silly spelling errors in important presentations? Before you start to beat yourself up, maybe you’re just not going to bed early enough!
When you’re running low on sleep, recalling details and staying focused becomes increasingly difficult (resulting in those embarrassing gaffes). When you’ve spent all night binge-watching reruns of The Hills instead of sleeping, your brain doesn’t have enough time to properly store memories or information, and that’s when those mistakes start to happen.
If you want to stay sharp and focused, put down the laptop, hit the hay, and feel refreshed and ready in the morning.
Sleep Makes You Happy
Feeling grumpier than Garfield on a Monday?
Before you start blaming everyone else around you, maybe take a step back and evaluate your sleep schedule.
While you’re snoozing and dreaming of cocktails by the beach your brain is working overtime to process your emotions.
The part of your brain that processes emotional response (the amygdala) needs sleep in order to recognise feelings and proper reactions.
If you cut this important job short, you’ll notice that you tend to have irrational, impulsive, and sensitive reactions more often.
Crying over unwashed dishes?
Angry over your partner’s floordrobe?
Taking a nap and getting more sleep can help you rationalise your reactions and give your mood a little boost.
Sleep Helps You Unleash Your Inner Athlete
Spin class a little harder than usual?
Sleep has a big impact on your ability to perform during endurance sports.
Whether you’re a pro runner or you just love a good Zumba class, getting enough sleep is vital for both muscle recovery and giving you the energy to get through your workout.
Whilst you’re laying your head on that pillowcase, your pituitary gland is releasing a growth hormone, making sure that your hard-worked muscles are being replenished, repaired, and building tissue.
If you want to see your athletic performance increase, make sure you’re getting enough sleep so your body can recover and regroup for that next session.